Monday’s Music 2.0 Briefing Part 2: eMusic Wants Majors, Canda Download Tax, Low Weekly Sales & More

>>> eMusic is hoping to add some major label product to it’s offerings. (Guardian) I just don’t see how major labels can afford to pay the bills on 30 cents per track.

>>> RoyaltyShare grabs $4 million more in funding. (press release)

>>> Canada has imposed a download tax of 3 cents per individual track and 1.5 cents per track on full albums. (Post)

>>> Not one album in this week’s Top 100 will approach 100,000 in weekly sales. (HITS)Riaa_toiletpaper

>>> The RIAA has sent another round of 411 (an ironic number) pre-litigation letters. (Billboard)

>>> Don’t forget Part I of today’s Music 2.0 Briefing as well as last week’s Music 2.0 Week In Review.

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  1. “I just don’t see how major labels can afford to pay the bills on 30 cents per track.”
    They can’t, but my guess is that the major label content on eMusic will mostly be back catalog stuff. Albums that are decades old and that were recouped years ago. Sure, the eMusic payout is less than that from iTunes, but we’re talking about albums that aren’t selling much anyway. Any downloads from eMusic subscribers will be a nice little addition to the bottom line.

  2. I get major label CDs from a CD subscriptions service at $6 a pop. That comes down to a similar price.Presumably, if labels are able to renegotiate contracts somehow, the sames on eMusic would make up for the dip in per-track downloads.
    I’m betting that the Paul McCartney CD sold fairly well on eMusic. If he can sell it there himself, labels may take a closer look at new contracts to deal with a sales model like eMusic, which isn’t really all that different from CD Of The Month Club type deals.


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