Seattle Office of Film + Music


iTunes To Roll Out Indie Exclusives
March 3, 2009, 10:08 am
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Billboard:
The recently launched iTunes “Indie Spotlight” store will kick off a series of exclusives later today, Billboard.biz has learned. The exclusives will start with a pre-release of new Crystal Antlers album “Tentacles” (Touch and Go) with exclusive tracks, a Stone’s Throw label sampler, Angus & Julia Stone’s “A Book Like This” (Nettwerk) and Seattleā€™s Say Hi’s “Oohs and Aahs” (Barsuk). Eothen Alapatt, who manages Stone’s Throw, says he sees Apple’s indie store as a return to their roots. “Now that all of the majors who used to bypass iTunes in search of shelf space at Best Buy or Walmart are ‘encroaching’ on our ‘turf’ it’s nice to know that Apple is giving us a leg up and showing that the love they showed us, early on, wasn’t a flash,” he said. “They were serious.”



ARTIST’S NEW MATERIAL OFFERED VIA ‘SEASON PASS’
February 24, 2009, 10:39 am
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Hollywood Reporter:
The iTunes Season Pass offer, which has proven to be a popular option for the TV shows offered via the store, is being brought to music. Depeche Mode will be the first music artist to offer content via iTunes under the Season Pass model. In advance of the act’s April 21 release of their new album “Sounds of the Universe,” fans can begin buying a $19 “subscription” today. The move is the latest example of a music industry trend towards offering album subscriptions. Rather than simply offering a single album, artists are experimenting with upselling loyal fans to higher-priced bundles paid for upfront and subsequently trickling out content over the course of weeks, months, or even an entire year.



APPLE MAKES ITUNES SWITCH
January 30, 2009, 11:36 am
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Hollywood Reporter:
Apple is changing the way iTunes users can replace their existing iTunes songs to the new DRM-free versions. Initially, the only option available was to convert every iTunes-purchased file to the new sans-Fairplay version, for 30 cents a track, using the “Upgrade My Library” feature. On Thursday, Apple switched to a per track and/or per album model whereby users can chose which songs in their library they want to convert to DRM free versions.