UK music industry association the BPI today published recorded music sales figures for 2009, slightly snubbing iTunes in the process.
How did the BPI act to snub iTunes? By admitting that digital income now accounts for a fifth of total UK recorded music revenues – up 47.8 per cent, but failing to name iTunes, or any other strictly a la carte music download service. The organisation did make space to name some of the free ads-supported streaming services.
Here’s the news all the same:
A strong fourth quarter and increased digital income streams offset the reduced sales of physical formats as the UK recorded music market reported a modest 1.4% annual increase in total trade income for 2009 of £928.8m, BPI’s annual survey of industry income revealed today. Continue reading →
The BPI has released fresh figures showing huge development in the digital music industry in the UK.
In the 30th of the organisation’s annually produced BPI Statistical handbook a spotlight on the UK digital music market reveals 10 per cent of the population bought some form of digital music in 2008, up from 5 per cent in 2007.
The much-publicised cosy deal between the BPI, Ofcom and the ISPs has raised howls from civil rights campaigners – who quite rightly protest that music consumers have had no voice in these discussions.
The Open Rights Group (ORG) has submitted its response to the Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform’s consultation into legislative options to tackle illicit peer to peer file-sharing, warning of muddy thinking throughout the proposals made so far.
Legitimate music consumers are once again at the receiving end of the bad half of the deal on news that giant US retailer, Wal-Mart, plans to close its DRM-server on October 9, meaning previous purchasers of music through its previous music service will lose their collections.
This move follows similar steps by Microsoft and Yahoo this year. All three companies elected to end support for the DRM keys required to transfer music between computers, which need to be authorised in order to play the tracks. Lack of a DRM server means this authorisation doesn’t take place, effectively depriving music buyers of access to their collections.
Apple’s insistence that bands must make all their albums available on a trac-by-track basis continues to splinter support within the music industry, with legendary rock band, AC/DC, explaining their long-standing boycott of the service is all about the album format.
AC/DC frontman Angus Young, whose band refuse to make their songs available on iTunes, said the move is simply because they don’t want fans simply downloading a few tracks from albums.
UK musician Billy Bragg is furious at attempts by major labels and the music industry groups they dominate to prevent file-sharing, saying they don’t understand musicians, don’t understand fans, and don’t get the new age.
On suing file-sharers, he was incensed, “You know who the pirates are?” he thundered during the closing moments of EconMusic yesterday. “The pirates are our fans, when you sue our fans, you drive our fans away,” he yelled, arguing that the industry must change if it has any chance of survival.
What really annoys Bragg is that music labels demand the lion’s share of income from new start-ups and music services, “That’s my income stream you’re pissing with,” he exclaimed, urging labels to pay a higher percentage to artists in the digital age. Continue reading →
Walt Disney CEO Bob Iger today called on ISPs to ban people who illegally download content.
Disney owns US network ABC and produces a range of hit shows including Desperate Housewives and Lost. Iger was speaking in London.
Iger was referring to the recently-announced deal under which six of the UK’s biggest ISPs will begin sending warning letters to customers that copyright bodies claim have downloaded content. Continue reading →
Strangely unsure about this – can’t help but see funding for actual instruments being cut at the same time as a one-way dogma on file-sharing gets injected into children, but here’s the deal (from the Telegraph).
“For the first time, pupils will learn about intellectual property rights in the music industry – and how it relates to downloads.
Music classes this term will also cover the use of technology in music as part of new-style syllabuses introduced in all secondary schools Continue reading →
Anti-piracy initiatives continue to unfurl on a global basis, as industry lobbyists encourage government and local trade bodies to take action.
The three strikes rule seems a basic tenet of the new online world order, and while it’s a flexible arrangement, it seems music industry heavies are seeing some success in pushing for that. Continue reading →