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iTunes Gets Competitive As Digital Sales Growth Slows

As reported yesterday in @MusicRow, the iTunes Store is now offering DRM-free music from all four major labels—Universal, Sony, Warner, and EMI—as well as thousands of independent labels. The move will please consumers because downloads without copy protection software are interoperable with a variety of programs and devices. However, today’s (1/7/09) Wall Street Journal suggests […]

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Country 2008: A Year End Report

The country music record business was especially hard hit as the previous year’s drop of 16.3% rose to 24% in 2008. Actual country album sales (physical and digital) toppled from 62.7 to 47.6 million, a new all time low under the SoundScan era. Country 2008: A Year End Report asks questions and presents much of […]

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iTunes Drops DRM

CNET.com reports Apple has finally cut deals with Universal, Warner Music and Sony that would allow iTunes to sell DRM-free music files. EMI has been offering DRM-free files on iTunes for over a year. In return, iTunes will compromise on single song pricing. The tech giant had steadfastly refused to accept the idea of variable […]

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RIAA Changes Strategy In Fight Against Illegal Downloading

The RIAA has stopped filing lawsuits for illegal downloading and is now fighting the problem through Internet service providers (ISP). The Wall Street Journal reports that the music industry—which has sued 35,000 alleged downloaders for copyright infringement since 2003—hasn’t filed a suit since this fall. The lawsuits had created numerous public/consumer relations for the industry […]

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Country By Numbers (11/26/08)

As the industry heads home for a dose of Thanksgiving family and fowl to replenish its fortitude reservoir, it leaves Black Friday week sales in the hands of retailers nationwide. During last year’s comparable holiday week the Country Top 75 hit a healthy 1.53 million units. This year expectations are more reserved with some insiders […]

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