Now major labels are thinking about DRM free MP3 sales

By January 24, 2007Content, Copyright, Music

This is going further and faster than I thought, driven by fears that illegal file sharing is starting to hit the growth of digital music sales.

This is from the International Herald Tribune.

Executives of several technology companies meeting here at Midem, the annual global trade fair for the music industry, said this weekend that a move toward the sale of unrestricted digital files in the MP3 format from at least one of the four major record companies could come within months.

Thanks to Fred Wilson for the lead on this (but Fred, the NYT article you pointed to was DRM blocked).

  • Good article but I can’t stand the major record companies talking about what is fair for the artists when they have been ripping off both the artist and consumer for many, many years.

    Do you think the majors are more scared by consumers not purchasing music or more scared of artists walking away from the record companies completely and doing their own writing, production, publishing, merchandising, etc.

    I think a better question is, ‘What value can a major record company give to an artist?’

    Sure there are some valid points but the number of these is diminshing all the time as technology is enabling artists to have more and more control.

    Thoughts?

  • Good article but I can’t stand the major record companies talking about what is fair for the artists when they have been ripping off both the artist and consumer for many, many years.

    Do you think the majors are more scared by consumers not purchasing music or more scared of artists walking away from the record companies completely and doing their own writing, production, publishing, merchandising, etc.

    I think a better question is, ‘What value can a major record company give to an artist?’

    Sure there are some valid points but the number of these is diminshing all the time as technology is enabling artists to have more and more control.

    Thoughts?

  • nic

    I agree. There is some interesting stuff I have been reading in what turns out to be the September issue of Wireed which talks about bands separating from labels and doing their own thing.

    The majors are in a really tough place – the game is changing on them very quickly and they may not be nimble enough to deal with it. Look at EMI.

  • nic

    I agree. There is some interesting stuff I have been reading in what turns out to be the September issue of Wireed which talks about bands separating from labels and doing their own thing.

    The majors are in a really tough place – the game is changing on them very quickly and they may not be nimble enough to deal with it. Look at EMI.

  • The lastest FastCompany magazine dropped through my letterbox recently and I found a pretty relevant article to this discussion last night. There is a good article about a company called Musictoday who are providing many of the services I outlined above for artists, ticketing, merchandise, fanclubs, etc.

    It sounds like it works well.

    http://www.fastcompany.com/subscr/112/open_features-waybehindthemusic.html

  • The lastest FastCompany magazine dropped through my letterbox recently and I found a pretty relevant article to this discussion last night. There is a good article about a company called Musictoday who are providing many of the services I outlined above for artists, ticketing, merchandise, fanclubs, etc.

    It sounds like it works well.

    http://www.fastcompany.com/subscr/112/open_features-waybehindthemusic.html