updated 03:20 pm EST, Mon March 2, 2009
Van Morrison nixing iTunes
Visitors to the iTunes Store may soon be unable to find music by Van Morrison, a TIME interview with the artist reveals. Responding to a fan question on whether albums and CDs remain relevant in an age of downloads, Morrison claims that they are certainly important to him, since he is "not a download artist." Only a small percentage of the people who want his music actually buy tracks via download, he suggests, with the vast majority choosing CDs, and a smaller group preferring vinyl.
Morrison states in fact that a licensing arrangement with Apple and the iTunes Store is on the verge of expiring, and he has no intention of renewing it. While the move is unlikely to affect Morrison's own fortunes, it may impact the prestige of the iTunes Store, which claims to have one of the largest digital music libraries in the world with over 10 million tracks. It may also irritate EMI, the artist's current record label and one of the largest backers of iTunes, having been the first major at the store to go DRM-free.