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Rupert Goodwins' diary

Wednesday 20/06/2001What a surprise! Revenues from music in the UK hit a new record over the past twelve months.

Wednesday
20/06/2001 What a surprise! Revenues from music in the UK hit a new record over the past twelve months. The industry reported total income of over a billion pounds for the first time, while in the US sales of CD albums was up by around 10% -- only showing a drop of around a percent when Napster was effectively shut down. The industry moguls continue to kvetch about online file sharing and CD writers, all the way to the bank. Not that they're letting up on closing stuff down. An odd story escapes from the newly-bought MP3.COM, which shortly before announcing its sale to Vivendi went through a process of telling some of its top-selling acts that they were no longer welcome. One in particular, Analog Pussy, was making around $6000 of sales through the MP3.com site: apart from 'suspicious activities' there was no hint as to why they weren't wanted. Can it be that Vivendi wants to use MP3.COM only for music from its own record labels? Surely not. The record labels wouldn't be trying to get control of the distribution channels while closing down alternatives now, would they?