One time manager of Pink Floyd, Sincere Management’s Pete Jenner slammed iTunes for its effect on album sales at a UK music industry event this week.
Speaking at a MusicTank conference, he said Apple’s music store has “had the disastrous effect on the record industry of debundling the album.” He complained cherry-picking tracks from albums means consumers now “buy the two album tracks that are worth buying,” Music Week informs.
Other acts Jenner has managed include, but are no means confined to: Syd Barret, Roy Harper, Marc Bolan, The Clash, Billy Brag, Ian Drury, The Disposable Heroes of Hiphoprisy and many more.
Simon Wheeler, digital chieftain of mighty indie label, Beggars Group also criticised Apple’s service. “iTunes set a level that took power out of rights holders. Whether it’s right or not, it has set the price for a la carte downloads,” he said.
Jenner’s voice, incidentally, can be heard at the start of Pink Floyd’s 1967 “Astronomy Domine”, the opening track on the album The Piper at the Gates of Dawn.
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