The big film studios have made a pile of money by controlling where their movies are distributed and for how long.
A similar strategy has begun to attract supporters among big-name music acts. The idea is to debut music at Apple and Amazon and force subscription services such as Spotify and Rhapsody to the back of the line. According to the acts that have complained about subscription services, they are less profitable and also allegedly cannibalize iTunes sales.
Already, some acts, including Coldplay, have debuted tracks at iTunes and then later distributed them through subscription sites.
Critics say this will … Read more