Look for digital album packaging to improve in 2008

“In 2008, look for Apple to make nice with its label partners by offering a bit more with each download, such as lyrics and more interactive album art,” Antony Bruno reports for Billboard via reuters.

“iTunes is the only music service that has a built-in video download feature. The others offer only streaming video. It’s also one of the few services that feature a tightly integrated device–the iPod. Apple is in a great position to roll out new features across its online store and its devices at the same time,” Bruno reports.

“The problem is that the four major music companies rarely work together on anything. So another angle would be for each to go it alone. If digital music services can’t or won’t incorporate better metadata into their downloaded files, look for third-party applications to emerge that will do so after the fact,” Bruno reports.

“Early examples of this are two games developed for the iPod — ‘Musicka,’ created by the developers of the original music rhythm game ‘PaRappa the Rapper,’ and ‘Phase,’ created by ‘Rock Band’ and original ‘Guitar Hero’ developer Harmonix. Both are rhythm-based games that let users “play” along to the songs on their device by pressing buttons at the right time,” Bruno reports.

“The point is that if these game companies can do it, there is no reason why labels can’t offer (or commission) their own iPod plug-in that will import better album art, liner notes and lyrics directly from the label or artist and ported into iTunes and the iPod,” Bruno reports.

Full article here.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Fred Mertz” for the heads up.]

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