iTunes edges out the indie market for the new LP format that comes with iTunes 9. Completely. At least, we don’t expect too many Indies be willing to pay the 10.000,- USD ”production fee” Apple charges for this service per album.
Brian McKinney, who runs Chocolate Lab Records, a smallish label out of Chicago reported to GIZMODO.
He contacted the digital distribution manager at my label’s distributor. He had a conference call with an iTunes rep and asked how we go about putting an LP together. He was told that LPs aren’t being offered to indies and that there are only about 12 LPs being offered right now.
However – lucky you, if your company can charge some 10.000 for 30min programming.
Deflecting criticism that it’s just another way to squeeze a few extra dollars out of customers, Apple pitches iTunes LP as a way to bring back “the visual experience of the record album” (Which they helped kill in the first place)
Thank you – as long as iTunes is not able to advise and sell me records and! serve me a god coffee, I’ll rather see my local record dealers.
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