Universal have decided not to continue with iTunes under the same terms and will now only use it to sell artists ‘at will’.
Apparently it’s a response to Apple moving away from DRM and it’s a bad move. Strategically, even if you thought DRM was perfect, it would now be time to give up on music as a lost battle and concentrate on video.
Well this is sad news. The lovely high-street chain Fopp, well-known for its cut price albums and racks of Â£5 CDs is closing down. Very depressing.
The two statements are related, that much is obvious. The question is how many customers receive good advice from CD retail clerks these days? Up until about 1997 I could count on several stores having not only a great selection, but clerks that loved music and were knowledgeable. Around 1997 CD retailers seemed to start paying their clerks less and less and I started to get answers like “Is that Jazz or Pop?” when asking for a certain Bach composition… The next question is where we will get good info about music albums in the future?