The record industry goes out of its way to be unloved

17 08 2007

Bob Stanley in The London Times

The music industry almost seems to go out of its way to be unloveable. While you can sympathise with its battle against piracy, Universal is selling its DRM-free music through Amazon, RealNetworks, and retailers such as Best Buy and Wal-Mart – but not Apple’s iTunes store. Although Doug Morris, Universal chairman and CEO, claims that the company is “committed to offering consumers the most choice in how and where they purchase and enjoy our music”, that choice doesn’t include the iTunes Store or the iPod.

“These devices are just repositories for stolen music and they all know it,” says Mr Morris, the man who wrote the Chiffons’ Sweet Talkin’ Guy in 1966. This may come as something of a shock to people who have been uploading their dozens of indestructible compact discs, bought at £15 a pop over the years.

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