Prince opens his own online music store
March 30, 2004
NEW YORK — Pop music star Prince announced his own online music store
offering downloads of his songs, calling it "the first
artist-owned, independent download store of its kind."
A statement by Prince announced the launch of the "Musicology
Download Store" within his NPG Music Club website.
The site will be a music download source for Prince's new album
"Musicology" as well as all his independent music.
The launch came in the wake of several legal download websites
aiming to offer consumers an alternative to illicit file-swapping
that the recording industry is trying to halt.
Like some of the other sites, he will offer downloads at 99
cents per song.
"The creation of The Musicology Download Store underscores
Prince's understanding and commitment to the convergence of
technology and music," the statement said.
"Instead of relying on iTunes, Napster, Rhapsody, or any of the
other corporate-run and owned music services filling the
marketplace right now, Prince is building his own 99 cent
Prince noted that he is one of the few major artists not
restricted by a traditional label contract limiting music rights.
His most recent albums are released on his own NPG Records while
the latest will be distributed by Sony Music's Columbia Records.
But Prince's Warner Brothers-owned material, including his
biggest hits, will not be on the new site, the statement noted. – Sapa-AFP
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