Apple Gets Movie Soundtrack Rights - No Physical CD Planned

from the limited-market,-ain't-it? dept

According to this short blurb, Apple has been granted the exclusive rights to the US soundtrack for the upcoming movie, "The League of Extraordinary Gentleman". Because it's Apple, they're only going to offer the soundtrack as a full album download from iTunes for $10. No physical CDs will be produced. Of course, this clearly limits the market to those who happen to have Macs. However, it also cuts down (drastically) on production costs, and ups the margins significantly on the few sales it will get. Of course, in limiting the release to such a small audience, it almost guarantees that there will be a brisk trade in the soundtrack on the various file sharing systems. All in all, while it's nice to see a decision to release something online, this has to be seen as a backwards step, since they're releasing it only on a proprietary system that the majority of people don't have access to.


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    Mike Torres, Jul 8th, 2003 @ 9:27pm

    File sharing

    "In limiting the release to such a small audience, it almost guarantees that there will be a brisk trade in the soundtrack on the various file sharing systems"

    Curious - how will this work? The iTunes Music Store uses FairPlay copy protection. Any copies found on file sharing networks would be of very poor quality - not the 128kbps AAC format provided by iTMS.

    Additionally, a Windows version of iTunes should be available in a few months - perhaps in enough time for the soundtrack to sell well on Windows systems as well. The reality is - how much would it sell on CD anyway? Probably not much at all.

    Mike

     

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    Mike (profile), Jul 8th, 2003 @ 9:57pm

    Re: File sharing

    They say it's only the US version that won't be released on CD. Thus, I'm guessing it will be released elsewhere on CD, guaranteeing it does get onto file sharing networks.

    I'd also guess that there will be some promotional CDs or some other method that will get the songs in another digital format and will get them online before very long.

     

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    reprobate, Jul 8th, 2003 @ 10:09pm

    Re: File sharing

    The iTunes Music Archives might use FairPlay copy prevention garbage,
    but that won't stop ten or a thousand people from ripping it into friendly
    192-kB MP3 files and shovelling it into Kazaa (or whatever Mac users
    are left with these days). If it can be listened to, it will be encoded in MP3
    and, hopefully, OGG.

    The real news here is that the record label has finally found a way to cut
    out the middlemen of brick and mortar. No more material costs, no meat-
    space overhead whatsoever - it's a record exec's dream come true. That's
    the real reason this thing has been embraced at all, and it's the reason
    they don't care that (initially) only Mac users will buy it.

     

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    kael, Jul 9th, 2003 @ 9:13am

    RIAA sharpening knife

    I'll bet this will turn into the poster child of the RIAA in the fight against piracy.

    The RIAA's argument will be:
    1. See, we did what they said they wanted (Net delivered music), yet they pirated it anyway.
    2. The iTunes sells were poor, due to pirating.

    All the lemmings will lap this up.

    Never mind the facts, pay no attention to the man behind the curtain.

     

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    Jeremiah, Jul 9th, 2003 @ 11:52am

    No More CD's

    As a musical artist myself, i've made a pact never to print a bazillions CD's that only end up rotting on shelves or in warehouses. It's wasteful and toxic to the environment.

    I'm happy to see a major studio "online" - in every sense of the word.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jul 9th, 2003 @ 3:29pm

    heh

    If it's a MAC only thing you can bet your ass I'll be downloading it. That'll show those bastards! ;-)

     

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