The annual IMEA (Innovation Music and Entertainment Awards) are held at the Popkomm in Berlin. The whole music industry is looking for new ways to cover the financial damage caused by illegal music downloads. Three new programs, however, plan to thwart illegal music downloads, and are in the final rounds of the IMEA award.
Rawrip is a music marketplace where visitors can listen to tracks and find new artists with The Rippler search engine. Users can then purchase music directly from Rawrip, and artists and record labels receive 100% of the proceeds from their music sales. There is also a Rawstores widget that can be placed on external websites or social networking profiles.
Roccatune is a German revamp of Adtunes. The creators call it an “on-demand music portal” wherein users can create their own digital playlists from over a million tracks recorded by well-known artists. These digital playlists can be accessed via mobile phones or any computer.
Kyte allows users of any realm--producers, recording artists, and even consumers--to create and distribute digital music online, on their cell phones or throughout social networks. According to IMEA, “Kyte has already entered into strategic partnerships with international media groups, providers of cell phone services and cell phone manufacturers, including Draper Fisher Jurvetson, Telefónica, Nokia Groth Partners, Steamboat Ventures, TeliaSonera, DoCoMo Capital, Holtzbrinck and Swisscom.”