Insound to Sell MP3s

Published: 2006-10-17
Indie music retailer is gearing up to begin selling digital music later this month but as usual their style will be a little different than what the majors are doing.

First of all, the store that currently offers indie records and CDs will sell music only in full albums and in MP3 format. Offering the songs as MP3s will allow users to use it with any type of portable digital music device, unlike the formats sold by current digital music stores that will usually only allow you to put music on specific portable devices.

"If it's not easily portable, and if it can't play on pretty much every device, we won't sell it," Insound president Matt Wishnow told Reuters. "We trust our customers. If you're a music fan who wants to buy a record, it shouldn't be tethered to a certain device."

Wishnow also hinted that a couple of major labels may be leaning towards a similar model.

Indie labels whose records will be sold digitally include New York-based French Kiss home to the Hold Steady, Illinois-based Polyvinyl home to bands like of Montreal and Matt Pond PA, Brooklyn-based Vice Records who boasts acts like Death From Above 1979, Bloc Party and The Streets as well as a couple of Canadian labels, Montreal's Constellation and Toronto-based Arts&Crafts home to Hidden Cameras and Broken Social Scene.

According to Reuters, "Wishnow says most album downloads will sell for $9.99, similar to the standard iTunes price. When a purchase is made, a distinct URL will be generated, allowing users to download an album up to three times before the link expires. To discourage a sharing of purchases, all downloads will be tied to a user's login info, which displays a purchaser's credit card number."

Writer: Michelle Garcia



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