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Warner Music signs deal with 7digital.com
Wednesday 05 March 2008 14:07:13 by Andrew Ferguson

For some people the most annoying factor when buying music online is that it often comes with some form of Digital Rights Management (DRM) which can restrict what people do with the music. The biggest downside to this is that material downloaded for one MP3 player may have to be re-purchased if you buy a different portable music player so that you can copy the tracks onto it again.

To this end Warner Music has agreed a deal with 7digital.com which means music you purchase in the UK, Ireland, Spain, France and Germany from the website will not have DRM embedded with it. This increases the number of devices tracks will be playable on too since not all music playback devices support DRM enabled material and may possibly encourage more people to download a paid for track rather than ripping it from a friends CD or downloading it via the Internet.

7digital.com also offers material from EMI and is apparently in discussions with Sony BMG and Univeral according to the BBC News Online item. Tracks cost 79p each, but this reduces when buying a complete album, for example, The Young Knives Superabundance album with 12 tracks plus interview costs £7.49. The site also have a number of free music and video clips that can be downloaded.

Comments

Posted by keith_thfc over 9 years ago
"7digital.com also offers material from EMI and is apparently in discussions with Sony BMG and Univeral"

Really don't understand why these iTunes competitors even bother launching if they can only offer a fraction of the choice.

Customers do not give a hoot what label an artist is with and certainly aren't going to waste time going to a Warner/EMI specific site.
Posted by CARPETBURN over 9 years ago
An album for £7.49 (and higher in some cases) in MP3 fomat LMAO they can keep it, you may as well fork out another £1 or so for the actual product which nice case, artwork, shiney thing called a CD and higher quality sound from the highstreet.

Oh and 3min music videos for £1.59 why would anyone pay that when alot of the videos are not that new and can be downloaded LEGALLY FOR FREE elsewhere..... Another typical Music Industry service if you ask me. They can shove it right back where the idea and pricing came from.
Posted by herdwick over 9 years ago
"Really don't understand why these iTunes competitors even bother launching" - for the benefit of those who don't want the bloated iTunes software or don't have the iTunes store in their country perhaps ?
Posted by keith_thfc over 9 years ago
Herdwick - which countries don't have iTunes?

Bloated software or not - where else online (apart from Bit Torrent) can you virtually guarantee to find most artists available?
Posted by herdwick over 9 years ago
"The iTunes Store is available only to persons above the age of 13 in the Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Luxembourg, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, the United Kingdom and the United States."
Posted by keith_thfc over 9 years ago
So most major countries then.
Posted by herdwick over 9 years ago
13 countries out of 192 UN member states, wow. Your definition of "major" countries is entertaining, China, India, Russia, Brazil etc may have a different opinion.

The Baltics and Eastern Europe are the sort of go-ahead consumer market that might use this sort of thing in the absence of Apple's effort.
Posted by keith_thfc over 9 years ago
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Music_industry

The following table shows album sales and market value in the world in the 1990s–2000s.

Albums sales and market value

1 USA 37-40% 30-35%
EU 30-32% 31-34%
2 Japan 9-12% 16-19%
3 UK 7-9% 6.4-9.1%
4 Germany 7-8% 6.4-5.3%
5 France 4.5-5.5% 5.4-6.3%
6 Canada 2.6-3.3% 1.9-2.8%
7 Australia 1.5-1.8% 1.5-2.0%
8 Brazil 2.0-3.8% 1.1-3.1%
9 Italy 1.7-2.0% 1.5-2.0%
10 Spain 1.7-2.3% 1.4-1.8%

So you can see that iTunes already caters for the over-riding majority of music buyers.
Posted by herdwick over 9 years ago
you can also see that Brazil is higher up the list than Italy and Spain. The latter two have iTunes and Brazil doesn't. Why would you develop a service in Finnish but not service Brazil when there is already an iTunes store in Purtugal ?

Album sales may not correlate to iTunes downloads either.
Posted by CARPETBURN over 9 years ago
I have to agree with herwick itunes is bloated rubbish and the content on some stuff is overly protected making it almost useless unless you go buy a damned ipod also, something i dont want or need.
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