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April 04, 2007

Wednesday Odds and Ends
by David Harrell
As someone noted in the comments to yesterday's post, the 256k AAC format was an Apple decision. EMI is letting the various retailers make the decision about file formats and bit rates. From the EMI press release:
The new higher quality DRM-free music will complement EMI's existing range of standard DRM-protected downloads already available. From today, EMI's retailers will be offered downloads of tracks and albums in the DRM-free audio format of their choice in a variety of bit rates up to CD quality.
Though I'm not 100% certain about EMI's definition of CD quality -- this press release refers to 256k mp3 files as "an audio quality indistinguishable from the original recording."

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Frank at Swindleeeee runs the numbers and finds that the $100 million figure associated with the rumored purchase of eMusic by Amazon.com is actually quite reasonable:
...eMusic is currently making an average of $14 per customer per month on a subscriber base "well north of 250,000." This translates into an annual revenue run rate of at least $42 million and likely more. An asking price of near $100 million would thus represent just over two times annual revenue. Given that Amazon would be acquiring a paying customer base (many of whom are locked into 1-year or 2-year contracts) this seems a realistic figure and certainly a far cry from the speculative nature of a YouTube deal.
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And from today's Wall Street Journal -- it's the record companies, not Apple, that deserve the blame for uneven iTunes pricing throughout Europe:
EU spokesman Jonathan Todd blamed the record companies for this situation. He said regulators considered Apple to be more a victim than a culprit. "This is an arrangement imposed on Apple by the record companies," Mr. Todd said. "The main focus of our attention is the major record companies."
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