[UPDATE 2] Neil Young has been one particular of the most vocal critics of music streaming, primarily because of audio quality. In April of 2015, he pulled all of his catalog off of most music streamers, creating it offered only on Tidal, which provides a hi-fi streaming option.
At the time, Young wrote on Facebook that his live album EARTH “does not match on iTunes. It breaks all their rules (and couldn’t all genuinely be heard that way anyway).”
Now, Young’s catalog, like “Earth,” has returned and is obtainable on Spotify, Apple Music, Napster, Amazon Music Limitless, Deezer and other streaming music solutions.
As considerably as 23% of all CD’s sold on Amazon are counterfeit, according to multiple investigations. We first reported on the problem two weeks ago following an alert was sent out by indie music trade group A2IM.
Two weeks ago the The Association of Independent Music has issued an powerful warning with regards to a “critical counterfeit operation selling massive numbers of CDs” using Amazon’s FBA (Fulfilled by Amazon) technique:
“It appears that this item is manufactured in China, but is practically indistinguishable from the genuine report to the extent that even the legitimate manufacturer can not inform with out quite close examination.
The RIAA did their personal investigation with staggering outcomes. The record label trade group placed orders on Amazon in a variety of categories from new releases to greatest hits. Out of the 194 CDs delivered, 44 or 23% have been counterfeit – such as 18 CDs in orders fulfilled by Amazon itself, not a third-celebration vendor. If the order was for a “greatest hits” package, the percentage of counterfeits jumped to 78%.
“Amazon must not be playing host to illegal products that would usually be discovered on the black market,”RIAA EVP Brad Buckles told theWall Street Journal.
Amazon has “zero tolerance for the sale of counterfeits,” an Amazon spokeswoman told the WSJ, and will be “working closely with labels and distributors to determine offenders, and take away fraudulent items from our catalog. We are also taking action and aggressively pursuing poor actors.”
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