Digital Beat: Epic Records, Napster, MP3.com, Emusic …

Musicians can send music to Epic Records through Internet; Napster Inc. chooses new CEO; MP3.com closing deal with Warner.

Epic Records is allowing musicians to use the Internet to send demos to their A&R department. Artists can upload their music at www.dealwithepic.com. ...

MP3 file-sharing software company Napster Inc. has enlisted attorney and former A&M Records executive Milton Olin as its new Chief Operating Officer. Olin, who who worked for Internet startup FirstLook.com in the interim, once served as A&M's senior VP of business and legal affairs. ...

MP3.com is reportedly close to a sealing a deal with Warner Music Group (Kid Rock, Madonna) to license Warner songs for the My.MP3.com online CD-storage and playback service. A federal judge ruled in April that the service — which is centered on a CD database MP3.com created without a license — infringed music industry copyrights. The Wall Street Journal reported Wednesday (June 7) that MP3.com could settle Warner's infringement claim for $15 million to $20 million, and pay licensing fees on top of that. An announcement could come as early as Friday, the paper reported. ...

MP3 retailer EMusic.com has begun selling work from independent label Koch, which offers albums from bands such as the Supersuckers, Johnny Dowd and the Kinks. ...

Sony Music filed a cease and desist order to effectively shut down www.pearljamonline.com. The record company requested that the site, which had posted video clips of Pearl Jam performances from the "Late Show With David Letterman" and "Saturday Night Live," remove the clips and stop using the band's name in its URL. ... Medium4.com's AllLatinMusicTV.com is paying tribute to late mambo king Tito Puente with a music-video retrospective that includes the broadcast of Puente's Grammy-winning "Mambo Birdland," Hilton Ruiz's "Mambo for Vibes" (with Puente on vibes) and Celia Cruz's video "Mia." ...

MusicMatch has released the first Macintosh version of its popular MusicMatch Jukebox MP3 creator and organizer software. The free download is available at www.musicmatch.com. ...

The Progressive Policy Institute, a Democratic think tank, is calling for changes in copyright law to deal with programs such as the Napster MP3-trading software. Among the suggestions: Allow judges to grant injunctions against companies whose products are "substantially" used for copyright infringement. "Napster takes copyright infringement to a new level — it's Internet piracy on steroids," the group said in a press release. ...

Rock band the Crosswalk, recently dropped from Hollywood Records, will allow fans to decide whether their music deserves to become an album. The band will post its recordings, which they obtained from their former label, on their Web site (www.thecrosswalk.com), allowing visitors to vote on whether the music is good enough to shop around to other labels. ...

Reckless Kelly, two-time Austin Music Award winners (for Best Roots-Rock Band) recently completed their third album, The Day. No word yet on the release date, but anxious fans can download two cuts — "Come on Over" and "Lonely All the Time" — from the band's Web site. ...

— sonicnet.com staff report