Pink Floyd Goes Offline Amid Albums-Vs-Singles Argument
Billboard says the contract expired on June 30.
This doesn’t directly affect the case the band was pressing to oppose unbundling of its albums in to individual digital tracks, which we reported on in March, since now most material isn’t available in any digital form – but the band may be hard-pressed to win that right in a new label deal it is seeking…Get the full story at Paidcontent.co.uk
Billboard: “Label sources say that Pink Floyd’s management was shopping the band’s entire catalog for a licensing deal about 18 months ago, asking each major to explain how it would market the band’s catalog and to make a bid.”
Truth is, as much as some few acts might oppose the deconstruction of the unit of their output from album to track, this is the model that has sustained labels in the last five years as scant bulwark against unauthorised downloading…
Any label looking for to sign Floyd to a new deal will likely demand this practice continue, not least because few online retail methods exist today for purchasing albums as single entities.
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