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EMI sees ‘good’ results from iTunes Plus

Speaking at a US music industry event, EMI’s senior vice president of digital, Lauren Berkowitz, said that the company has seen success with its DRM-free sales. “The initial results of DRM-free music are good,” Berkowitz said. EMI is currently selling DRM-free music through both iTunes and 7Digital, with plans to offer their catalog through both Amazon and PassAlong Networks. Berkowitz also said that the move to a DRM-free format has boosted sales of digital albums and individual songs alike, using Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon as an example — sales of the classic album have jumped 350 percent since it has been offered in DRM-free format.

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Attention labels:  I’ve got $105 in gift cards I’m anxious to use in the iTS, but I won’t spend any of it on 128Kbps files with DRM.

Posted by Galley on June 20, 2007 at 9:47 AM (CDT)


Galley -

I’m mirror your sentiment.  I’m very happy with the 256kb drm free files - they sound great.  I wish there was more to choose from, but we will have to wait for the other record companies to relent to the eventual trend in the market.

Regarding today’s article, the #‘s are overstated as the increase in sales includes iTunes plus upgrades.  Take out those #‘s and the sales trends probably haven’t changed that much.

Posted by ambipod on June 20, 2007 at 11:59 AM (CDT)


It’s quite ironic really.  The one album mentioned here is the only Plus album I have purchased which had a fault with one of the tracks (3m38secs into Great Gig In The Sky- there’s a silent gap) and subsequently had to be removed from the UK store.  iTunes refunded the 99p for the track and a couple of weeks later it is available again for download.  EMI need to check their albums better before submitting to Apple.

Posted by Barry Ward on June 20, 2007 at 4:06 PM (CDT)


I have about 85 albums I bought on the iTMS that I’m just waiting to upgrade to 256kbps (which has become the new standard for my library).

Posted by Cyantre on June 21, 2007 at 12:30 AM (CDT)

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