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Gang, 

This is old news. As of a month ago, Alain Levy is out as chairman of EMI:

http://flipbait.com/story.php?title=Shake-Up-Coming-At-EMI-Levy-Munns-Out-Re
ports-WSJ

Perhaps Levy's pessimism was part of the factor that led to him being
offered a parachute. In any event, it's a whole new game: players who go by
the "book" or the old rules will find themselves in the same boat.   

David N. Lewis
Assistant Classical Editor, All Music Guide

 
"Never treat an audience as customers-always treat them as partners." - Ted
Healy

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Subject: [ARSCLIST] EMI Music Boss:The CD Is Dead

 http://torrentfreak.com/emi-music-boss-the-cd-is-dead/ EMI music boss: "The
CD is dead"      Written by Smaran on October 29, 2006   The CEO & chairman
of EMI Music, Alain Levy told an audience at the London Business School on
Friday that the CD as we know it is dead.
 According to Levy, record companies won't be able to market CDs any longer
without including 'value added material' and will have to make CDs a more
attractive purchase [.] 
  
   The CEO & chairman of EMI Music, Alain Levy told an audience at the
London Business School on Friday that the CD as we know it is dead.
  According to Levy, record companies won't be able to market CDs any longer
without including 'value added material' and will have to make CDs a more
attractive purchase to the consumer. "We have to be much more innovative in
the way we sell physical content," he said.
 Levy noted that physical media still has a place, but it isn't going to
have it for very long. "You're not going to offer your mother-in-law iTunes
downloads for Christmas," he said.
 Should we take this with a pinch of salt? Sales figures provided by the
IFPI (PDF) don't quite support his claim. CD sales accounted for more than
70% of total international music sales in the first half of 2006, while
digital music sales were still at about 11%.
 He also talked about why EMI was the only one of the 'Big Four' record
companies that hadn't jumped on the YouTube bandwagon and signed the
contract. "The terms they were offering weren't acceptable," Levy was quoted
saying. EMI isn't out of the race yet. They are "continuing to hold talks
with Google Inc on an advertising-revenue sharing partnership with the
community video Web site YouTube."


But vinyl is doing just fine. :) I am having a heckuva time buying the
bootleg Gorillaz 12" singles that came out in the past few months,and there
is a real war out there on eBay for The Good,The Bad and The
Queen,especially the 400-copy UK promo Lp,which I finally got on Sunday!
This has pushed up all the prices on the older Blur/Gorillaz stuff on
vinyl.I have it all,except the US "Parklife" 7" on Capitol,and "The Wassail
Song" giveaway 45.Saw one of these recently for $575.00,but I don't have
that kind of cash to throw around.

                               Roger



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