The constant rumbling of artist and tech company complaints about “the music industry” is getting turned up this month. Here’s what I’m hearing:
- Amazon’s launch of the high-bitrate, non-DRM’d, MP3 music store is what we’ve all been waiting for.
- Apple locks down iPhone ringtones even tighter with digitally signed audio files.
- Radiohead’s self-published, online release of “In Rainbows.”
- Yahoo’s head music honcho, Ian Rogers (formerly of Nullsoft, WinAMP and Gnutella fame) states that Yahoo! will never go back to using DRM.
- And finally frequent industry malcontent, Trent Reznor (of Nine Inch Nails), made a statement about being freed of their recording contract after 18 years.
What next, the month’s only just begun?
Update (dfbills 10.11.07 @ 8:48AM ET)
One day later, I’m starting to see what’s next:
- Madonna signs a $120M deal with Live Nation to sell her next three studio albums, promote concerts, and license Madonna’s name.
- Oasis will release their next album directly to fans via the “pay as you wish” system used by Radiohead.
- Jamiroquai to follow suit after seeing Radiohead on the digital download charts.