The price of Blu-ray players and discs seems set to fall this season, as those involved seek to take the format into the mass market – meanwhile that market’s changing, with consumers flocking to sign-up to location-based social networking services for their mobile phones, a pair of ABI Research reports claim.
“Blu-ray vendors and dealers are starting to realize that for Blu-ray to become the next DVD, they need to lower player prices in order to generate interest and build volumes,” said ABI Research principal analyst Steve Wilson.
The software comes from conentious Swedish torrent site The Pirate Bay, and has been expected since 2006 when BitTorrent purchased uTorrent and promised to develop a Mac version.
However, BitTorrent is warning that the alpha software isn’t really ready for release right now (it’s buggy and doesn’t entirely work), but its existence does at least prove a Mac version of the software is in development.
Marillion’s move to make the band’s latest album available through file-sharing networks raised lots of eye-brows, with industry mutterings claiming the scheme would never, ever work…they were wrong.
The band’s business manager, Erik Nielsen, MD of Intact/Racket Records, told attendees at yesterday’s hugely interesting EconMusic Conference just how successful the free release has been for the band.
“We made our album available through BitTorrent, ” he said. “Since then we have tripled our sales of physical product…” That’s right – they tripled physical sales – by being nice to their fans. Continue reading →
Quick first take – if this just hit the Financial Times, then there is a very good chance some of the majors are about to seize the challenge of championing artists – and their audiences – and a major that gets it together to do this truly will be rock ‘n roll. Music is our cultural history, after all. Anyway – an intro:
“Rock band hits a different note on P2P downloaders – By Paul Sexton – Published: September 12 2008 03:00 | Last updated: September 12 2008 03:00
“If the downtrodden global record industry has a common foe, it is the millions of illegal filesharers who treat copyrighted music as a free commodity. So a new attempt to harness peer-to-peer users as a revenue stream is bound to court controversy, even if it is entirely legal. Continue reading →
Seems there’s no stopping Marillion – they’ve taken the plunge and are doing everything they can think of to embrace digital music and its opportunity.
The band yesterday confirmed plans to make their new album, ‘Happiness Is the Road’, available for free download through file-sharing websites – with a little application within the download that politely requests fans offer the band their email address in exchange for the free music.
Enduring cult rock act, Marillion, will make their new album, ‘Happiness Is the Road’, available for free download through file-sharing websites.
The band plan a slice of pester power, though – tracks will include software to cause a little pop-up box to appear on screen when the tracks are first played – but all this will ask fans to do is give the band their email address.
There’s future benefits, also, downloaders will in future be contacted with offers of gig tickets and other merchandise, to try to make some money back for the band. Continue reading →