Music Retailers Beg Recording Industry To Drop DRM

from the who-is-it-helping? dept

We've already seen more and more musicians tells the recording industry to drop DRM policies that hurt the consumer. And, of course, we know that consumers prefer non-DRM'd music (which sorta goes without saying). Now even music retailers are wondering what the recording industry is thinking. A group of UK retailers have banded together to urge the industry to drop DRM altogether in order to help boost holiday sales this year. Of course, in the past, we've seen the recording industry insist DRM was needed to protect both the artists and the retailers -- but it certainly looks like both are finally realizing what many have said all along: the only thing that DRM "protects" (and it does a piss poor job of it) is the obsolete business model of the record labels.

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    Anonymous Coward, 21 Nov 2007 @ 7:51am

    There are still dedicated music retailers?

    Not sure about the UK, but most music in the US is now sold by retailers that use it as a loss leader to get people in the store weekly for new releases (Best Buy, WalMart, and so on). They don't care if they make zero margins on music, because if you come in the store regularly eventually you'll buy the big screen TV.

    WalMart in particular is the master of the zero or negative margin loss leader and the large margin upsell.

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