— UK digital downloads firm 7Digital has launched a new shopfront service for unsigned artists. indiestore.com is vaguely MySpace-esque – blogs, events listings, photos and video downloads – but with sales. Artists get 70 per cent of any sales: they can list four tracks and will be paid quarterly. The other option is the Pro package: $100 for 20 tracks, optional DRM and 80 per cent of sales’ revenues.
— eMusic Gives Away Music Cards At Movies: eMusic will distribute approximately 600,000 cards good for 50 free eMusic downloads at major film openings and theaters during Memorial Day weekend, May 26 – 29, to kick off the summer film season…it has tied up with 20th Century Fox, Hollywood Video and Cinema Screen Media for that.
— MLB Furthers Musical Connection With CenterStaging: MLB.com will power Rehearsals.com, which showcases artists as they prepare for concert tours, TV appearances and recording sessions. The site will also offer streaming performances, music news, and weekly profiles with musicians. Both rehearsals.com and MLB.com will offer links to direct their respective traffic to each other’s site.
— Nike shoes talk to Apple’s iPod in new system: Nike is making running shoes that will be able to send data about the wearer’s performance to an iPod using a new wireless system called Nike+iPod…
This article originally appeared in MediaGuardian.