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Wolfgang’s Vault has already extended its streaming archive of classic rock and Newport concerts to mobile; today it enters the living room via Boxee. Users of the internet-to-TV app will be able to listen to 10 hours of the Vault free each month, same as users of the iPhone app. Subscribers to the site’s annual $48 WVIP subscription can log in through Boxee for unlimited access but Wolfgang’s isn’t selling subscriptions there.Wolfgang’s CEO Eric Johnson tells paidContent, “We don’t have any revenue sharing plans at this time.”
Boxee hopes the sales change when its already-announced Boxee payment platform is released, making it possible for Wolfgang’s to sell merchandise and music downloads through the app. Those sales are Wolfgang’s bread and butter so it’s to the music site’s advantage to go that route, and with revenue sharing more likely at that stage, for Boxee, too.
For now, though, the emphasis is on extending reach. Johnson is a big fan of Boxee, which he calls an “elegant” service that showcases the Vault’s content “very well.” More than that, “it is a good means for users to get Wolfgang’s Vault in the living room and hooked up to their home entertainment system” — and a “good next step for us as we build out additional apps and partnerships.” Johnson says to expect more announcements along these lines. Meanwhile, Boxee gets to add high-quality music for free as another draw for its service.