New Cuban and Latin Music Digital Download Service

Havana, Cuba – Cubadisco 2004 will be the stage for the introduction of a new distribution platform for music files, providing the catalog of Cuban recordings to the entire world. It joins other services such as OD2, Itunes, and Rhapsody., together with the Cuban Institute of Music (ICM), will present in Havana (Cuba) this week two pioneer projects in the distribution and protection of music on the Internet: Its platform of Contenidos Musicales Digitales (Digital Music Contents) and the Website Alocubano.The digital music content platform for the Internet has been developed in order to exploit, by means of a system that protects royalties, the control of uses and the secure exchange of content on the Net. The system is similar to the OD2 and Itunes  platforms but it is centered in content of Latin origin, independent labels and self-produced authors. It is an e-commerce platform that is multilingual and can be configured, with songs for sale in WMA and MP3 formats.

Alocubano! is the electronic store for Cuban music in digital format. Users can purchase or rent songs released by Cuban companies such as Egrem, Abdala, Bis Music, Hummingbird, etc. The portal has been created together with the Cuban Institute of Music and has a catalog of more than 3,000 songs.

Alocubano! has started two types of uses: rent or purchase. The first one works
through a system of credits that allows the user to listen to all the downloaded songs for a limited time of one month. The purchase (permanent download) allows for the acquisition of songs without any temporary restriction and allows recording on any device. In addition, all songs include a free 30 second segment.

Alocubano! uses D2S2 Audio Distributor technology, owned by Microgénesis SA, which allows for the encoding, distribution and marketing of digital content and facilitates the administration of the intellectual property rights associated
with the content. It is also fully integrated in Portal Latino’s La Central Digital (Digital Central), whose main goal is to promote Latin repertories in digital networks.

Author: Angel Romero

Angel Romero y Ruiz has been writing about world music and progressive music for many years. He founded the websites and Angel produced several specials for Metropolis (TVE) and co-produced “Musica NA”, a music show for Televisión Española (TVE) in Spain that featured an eclectic mix of world music, fusion, electronica, new age and contemporary classical music. Angel also produced and remastered world music and electronic music albums, compilations and boxed sets for Alula Records, Ellipsis Arts, Music of the World, Lektronic Soundscapes, and Mindchild Records. Angel is currently based in Durham, North Carolina.