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Jamendo Orange.png
Opened January 2005
Pricing model Free
Platforms Platform independent
Format MPEG Layer 3 (.mp3), Ogg Vorbis (.ogg)
Restrictions None (content available under Creative Commons licenses, other licenses)
Catalogue 22000+ artists
42000+ albums
290000+ tracks[1]
Preview Entire song
Streaming Yes
Burning/copying Allowed
Trial None
Protocol Hypertext Transfer Protocol (http://), BitTorrent
Availability WorldWide
Features Tags, Free downloads, Community

Jamendo is a music website and a community of music authors.

All music on Jamendo is free to download and licensed through one of several Creative Commons licenses or the Free Art License, making it legal to copy and share, as well as to modify and make commercial use of for some, depending on the license. Jamendo allows streaming of all of its thousands of albums in either Ogg Vorbis or MP3 format, direct download links, and downloads through BitTorrent.

The name is derived from two musical terms: "jam" and "crescendo".[citation needed]



[edit] History

Jamendo was launched in January 2005.

[edit] Site features

There are more than 42,000 albums available for download now on Jamendo.[2] Widely varied music genres and styles include: Dance/Electro, Hip-Hop, Metal, Jazz, Lounge, Pop/Songwriting, and Rock.

Based in Luxembourg, Jamendo is multilingual. While the website was primarily in French at first, there are now complete, official versions in English, German, Italian, Polish, Portuguese, Spanish and Russian available as well (as of November 2008).

In April 2008, Jamendo launched a special interface for searching for MP3 and Ogg Vorbis torrents.[3]

[edit] Business model

According to one article on Jamendo's business model,[4] Jamendo's use of voluntary donations represents the first serious attempt for a file sharing site to provide a direct way to pay artists. In January 2007, Jamendo provided an advertising revenue sharing model for artists.[5]

While sites such as YouTube are still implementing plans to offer artists a share of their advertising revenue, Jamendo claims to let artists keep 50% of the revenue generated, and almost 100% of the donations that Jamendo visitors give go to individual artists.

Jamendo works with Musicmatic[6] to offer services to professionals on the freemium model[7]

[edit] Integration with media players

Jamendo has possibilities of integration within media players. The free software media players Rhythmbox (since version 0.9.6), Totem Movie Player, VLC media player, Songbird, Clementine and Amarok 2 already provide integration with Jamendo.[8]

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