Kings of the mountain

by Giles Turnbull

The Beach Boys. The Beastie Boys. Blur. David Bowie. Kate Bush. And that’s just some of the ‘B’s.



All of them signed to EMI, or EMI-owned labels, and all likely to have their music appear on the iTunes Store in DRM-free format within a couple of months.



7 Comments

Rick
2007-04-02 14:17:29
Right on the money! Plus the announced boost in recording quality for DRM free tracks will be the last nail in the coffin of the CD.
pauldwaite
2007-04-02 15:18:30
> "he's finally got someone from one of the big record labels to understand his basic point about DRM: it doesn't work."


His basic point about DRM for music. He hasn't yet said he feels the same about video, nor software, for that matter.

Gary
2007-04-02 15:21:08
At first glance, I thought the chap on the right was another B - Barmy Ballmer! Perhaps a late April Fool Photoshopped image? :-)


As far as nailing CD's coffin closed is concerned - forget it! I have somewhere in the region of 800 CDs and I'm damn sure I won't give all that up for intangible, digital purchases. Yes they're almost all ripped. No, storage isn't particularly convenient. But I wouldn't have it any other way.

Siobhan
2007-04-02 16:08:15
I've not been much of an itms customer because I don't care much for pop/rock music, and I wouldn't spend money on an mp3 of the few classical or jazz records they have. But if the EMI deal includes their classical catalog with high quality downloads I may give it a try. Getting your hands on classics and jazz has always been a chore unless you had a Tower or Borders in town. Now that Tower is gone and Borders has gone all chicken droppings over cds -- look in a Borders music dept. now and you'd swear they were going out of business -- it might be worth it. We'll see.
Michael
2007-04-03 01:47:51
I thought exactly the same as Gary. Eric Nocoli looks alarmingly like Ballmer. :-)


"It's been a long time since I realized the folly of filling my house with plastic disks, when all I really wanted to own was the music."


I'm still irretrievably sunk in folly, since I like having a CD as the ultimate back-up, and I like having the sleeve notes. But I suppose not everyone wants sleeve notes, and a back-up of one's iTunes library on an external hard disk is probably good enough, so not everyone needs be as foolish as me.

Mike
2007-04-03 01:55:49
"But if the EMI deal includes their classical catalog with high quality downloads I may give it a try."


Some articles have already mentioned EMI's renowned back catalogue of classical music as a possible draw for EMI in download form - specially as people who like classical music are thought to be more likely to avoid low-bitrate downloads. On reflection, I'm not sure how much it appeals to me. I'll definitely have a look, but I think stuff from the back catalogue is generally pretty cheap on CD--and you get the sleeve notes. Oops, my folly is kicking in again.

Gary
2007-04-03 15:24:08
@Michael
"But I suppose not everyone wants sleeve notes, and a back-up of one's iTunes library on an external hard disk is probably good enough, so not everyone needs be as foolish as me."
We're not foolish. Old-fashioned, maybe, but there's nothing wrong with that. :-)