Around 1998, IUMA was purchased by EMusic, and moved operations from Santa Cruz, to Redwood city, Home of the Emusic offices. IUMA provided artists who registered with a free URL and web page. The artists could present their music over the Internet in stream, download, and internet radio format. Further, it provided an easy-to-use home page for the band and the ability to distribute their music with no bandwidth fees. Some of the original file formats used to encode the music were WAV, AIFF and MP2. MP3 was added later as that format became more popular.
Interesting extras included a "charts" section where bands were tracked by how many people visited their page and downloaded their music. At one point, IUMA was sending royalty checks to bands.
In 2000, IUMA offered US$5,000 to couples who named their baby "Iuma". Several families took up the offer. IUMA Flourished, hosting events such as "Music-o-mania", the largest online "Battle of the Bands" ever held. The winners were given rock star treatment, flown to San Francisco to open for Primus at the Fillmore auditorium. Early in 2006, the IUMA website disappeared from the Internet. The site had already been closed to new submissions since 2001, when EMusic downsized, eliminating most of the IUMA Staff. Despite this set back, many of IUMA's core group continued to work on a "volunteer" basis, in the hopes that IUMA could be resurrected. IUMA Was then purchased by Vitaminic, an Italian Music company. But with many of the core group now gone, After struggling for some time, IUMA finally shut down altogether.
Digital media - music and copying. (Internet Underground Music Archive) (Internet/ Web/ Online Service Information)(Column)
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