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iTunes exclusive wins Grammy award

updated 01:15 pm EST, Mon February 14, 2011

Reflects iTunes' industry dominance

For the first time, music recorded specifically for the iTunes Store has won a Grammy award. A Train song, "Hey, Soul Sister," took home the award for Best Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals at last night's 2011 Grammys ceremony. The track initially debuted on the band's iTunes Session last fall, although it is now available on Amazon as part of a Grammys compilation.

The award may reflect the fact that the iTunes Store is now the primary sales venue for music in the US, whether online or at retail. iTunes Sessions have also become a staple internationally, a competitive advantage in some cases over alternatives like Amazon or eMusic. The advantage typically attributed to iTunes, however, is the integration of a storefront with the same software used to play and sync music.






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  1. prl99

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    still copyrighted by Sony Music

    I was hoping music recorded specifically for the iTunes store could be done without the (lack of) benefit of a record label. I checked and the original session is still copyrighted by Sony Music so Sony still gets most of the money instead of the band. I hope there will come a time when some of these major bands can do their own distribution and keep their money instead of giving most of it away.

  1. leamanc

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +3

    prl99, there's ways

    prl99, there's ways for artists do to that right now. That is, if they want to put up the cost of recording the album, marketing and promoting it, pay for the cost of the video, book the tours, etc. Sure, the music industry is changing rapidly, but there will always be record labels as long as artists are not financially independent.

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Re: still copyrighted by Sony Music

    I was hoping music recorded specifically for the iTunes store could be done without the (lack of) benefit of a record label.

    Why? What's so different about recording c*** for iTunes vs. recording c*** for CDs? Even if it is an 'iTunes session'.

    I checked and the original session is still copyrighted by Sony Music so Sony still gets most of the money instead of the band. I hope there will come a time when some of these major bands can do their own distribution and keep their money instead of giving most of it away.

    Um, please pay attention. There's nothing special about a label. Bands make the deals they feel they want or need to make. Some might produce their own records and distribute through a label. Others have their own label. Others just let the label do most of the heavy lifting.

    But your 'concern' for these 'major bands' is backwards. The more major the band, the more money they have, which means the more capable they are of not signing with a label. But guess what. They still do! And do you know why? Because they generally make far more money from the label than they would by going independent. The labels throw money at their feet. They get signing bonuses and upfront cash. The large contracts include money for promotion and distribution. There's probably some in there for support of a tour. That equates to a lot of band money staying with the band instead of paying for all those things.

  1. ilovestevejobs

    Joined: Dec 1969

    -3

    prl99

    You got p'wned b****!!!

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