record labels

  • UMG to lower U.S. CD prices


    There’s been so much push for digital, downloadable content lately that we’ve almost forgotten about our old friend, the compact disc. Even though CD sales are plummeting each time our little planet makes another orbit around that bright, flaming thing in the sky, the big boys don’t seem to be willing to throw in the towel just quite yet. In fact, UMG is working to implement… Read More

  • Sony BMG will drop (some) digital music DRM this year

    [photopress:nonauxdrm.jpg,full,center] Sony BMG is dropping DRM. That makes it the last major record label to (at least partially) do so. The details of Sony BMG’s scheme aren’t finalized just yet, but it’s expected to begin with a promotion (teaming up with Pepsi) during the Super Bowl, beginning on February 3. Pepsi will give away some 1 billion songs during the promotion… Read More

  • Apple, Labels Giving Artists The Shaft

    A new class action lawsuit is upon us and yet again, Apple is the target. This time, independent music label Dawg Music is suing Apple, Universal Music Group, and Warner Music for selling its catalog without consent or compensation. The two major labels here have not only screwed Dawg Music out of royalty checks, they’ve also made illegal hard copies of music not owned by them. Read More

  • Apple and EMI Being Probed By EU

    Those Europeans are fast! Just one whole day after Apple and EMI announced they’d be offering DRM-free tracks on the iTunes Music Store, the European Union comes in to crap all over Apple’s parade. This time around, it’s accusing Apple and “The Big 4″ record companies over iTMS purchasing options. Those eurocats don’t like the fact that you have to buy from… Read More