Poor old podcasts. They wanted to celebrate winning the Oxford University Press' Word of the Year [story here] with a festival of indie tunes, but still don't have the licences to play copyrighted music.
That's about to change, though, as the Association of Independent Music (AIM) has started selling a licence deal for its members' music to be used in podcasts.
It won't be obscure death metallers, either – AIM has 900 labels signed up, which means acts like Franz Ferdinand, Bloc Party, The White Stripes (above), The Strokes and the Arctic Monkeys might be making an appearance on your favourite MP3 radio shows soon.
If you're a podcaster, the new deal will let you buy licences to access a fixed list of a labels' music, although there will be restrictions on how much you can use it in your recording.
AIM's Chairman Alison Wenham said of the deal: 'In the absence of an industry wide scheme, AIM has moved to fill the current void, and has created attracted licensing conditions for the use of music from the independent sector of the UK.'
A full list of the repertoire on offer will go up on the AIM website once the labels sign up. In the meantime, you can enjoy the sweet music of Stuff debating the relative merits of gaming and the video iPod by downloading our podcast direct from here.