Major labels are happy now to sell DRM-free music through retailers such as Amazon and 7Digital, but Apple remains locked out, with three of the four majors denying it permission to sell tracks DRM-free through its iTunes Plus service – even though it’s the largest US music retailer. But this may soon change.
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 →