From the “I’m Just Sayin’ Is All” desk at the Ministry of Consequences, first up, Metallica, Red Hot Chili Peppers, etc, refuse to release songs to iTunes.
Some Bands Spurn Apple’s iTunes Online Music Store
Wed July 2, 2003 07:56 PM ET
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Rock bands The Red Hot Chili Peppers and Metallica are refusing to make their music available as individual downloads on Apple Computer Inc’s AAPL.O iTunes online music store, a representative for the bands, said on Wednesday.
That move comes in response to Apple’s decision to allow users to buy single tracks and is intended to protect the future of the long-playing album, the format that has dominated the music industry for decades, an agent for the bands said.
“Our artists would rather not contribute to the demise of the album format,” said Mark Reiter, with Q Prime Management Co., which manages the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Metallica and several other artists.
Green Day and Linkin Park, according to a source familiar with the situation, have also refused to make their songs available as individual downloads on the Apple service, which has already sold more than 5 million songs since launching this spring.
According to Reiter, Apple refuses to sell albums in their entirety unless the artists also allow the tracks on the album to be sold independently as digital downloads.
“We can’t let a distributor dictate the way our artists sell their music,” Reiter said, adding that the business terms were otherwise acceptable.
Smooth move in a declining market, refuse to use a new channel for doing business. And since when did lunkheads and mooks like these become “artistes”? Wankers. Hey Chili Peppers, I still want my money back for the crap filler tracks you’ve put on every album you’ve released.
Meanwhile, back in the States:
Billboard to track downloads
By STEFANIE OLSEN
Staff Writer, CNET News.com
Billboard magazine is charting new territory this week, adding data for the first time on sales of Internet music downloads to its lists of top-selling albums.
Nielsen SoundScan, which tracks retail music sales and is the source of Billboard’s top music charts, will make data available on music downloads sold at several digital-tunes services.
These include Apple Computer’s iTunes, Roxio’s Pressplay, MusicNet, Liquid Audio and Listen.com. It also plans to track sales from the upcoming Napster service.
Nielsen SoundScan’s announcement that it will begin recording download sales lends credence to Web music-retail efforts and could help raise the general profile of on-line services among consumers and the recording industry. The entertainment industry also will finally have a window into digital music sales after years of fearing that illegal file swapping in peer-to-peer communities is cannibalizing offline album sales.
“Purchasing digital downloads has proved to be a viable emerging technology among a rapidly growing segment of music fans,” Rob Sisco, president of Nielsen Music, said in a statement. Nielsen SoundScan, a division of Nielsen Music, and Billboard are owned by VNU Media, based in the Netherlands.
Nielsen SoundScan will report digital downloads under the “nontraditional” category, which includes Internet, mail order and concert venue sales. In 2002, the Internet accounted for nearly 80 per cent of those sales. And sales in this segment have risen exponentially in the last five years despite a total overall decline in CD sales in 2002, according to the company.
Nielsen SoundScan will report only permanent digital music downloads sold through on-line services, rather than songs played through streaming-music subscription offerings. Digital download sales of recorded albums and singles will be included in the album and singles sales charts, respectively.
I remember the shock the industry went through when Soundscan first started. For the first time, record companies had to face the facts that what people were buying (country, rap, metal) wasn’t what they were pushing.