I took advantage yesterday (being the last day of the Qobuz sale) and bought these albums, which I’d been meaning to get for some time…
Being a JJ Cale fan, I have all those albums in either LP or CD format. In my opinion, they are all good, lol.
Loving the new album;
‘Indian summer’ is the same term that came to my mind when driving home last night. A little esoteric perhaps, but this then got stuck in my head and had to be played
This seemed appropriate to play today, if only for her version of ‘Summertime’…
‘Indian summer’ time in the UK…
My reading of this is pretty scary. Unlike when UMG acquired Hyperion this is not a record label or the parent thereof but a streaming service who now own it. This implies to me that Apple may wish for their acquisition to become exclusive to Apple Music and the repertoire be withdrawn from Tidal, Spotify, Qobuz etc. Why would they otherwise want to give what is now their own repertoire to competitors?
This kind of exclusive repertoire is common to video streaming services viz. Disney and would be hurtful to consumers in the audio world who currently enjoy single subscriptions offering large proportions of all repertoire from outside of the public domain.
We’ll see what transpires.
I was wondering when someone would pick up on this. I’ve seen virtually no commentary on the interweb about the acquisition. I agree this is a huge deal. I’m an Apple music subscriber, but that is not the point. The BIS catalogue has historical and cultural significance. I hope Apple will recognize this and continue to provide access to the BIS catalogue to other steaming providers and digital download resellers.
We will likely never know the details of the agreement, but I’d like to believe that Apple is acquiring BIS for their expertise in producing, recording and mastering multi channel music. A heritage they can learn from.
We can only hope Apple does the right thing and supports the BIS legacy and respects their artistic choices and production values for future recording projects (the entire BIS team has been retained according to the release). And Apple supports broad access to the BIS catalogue outside the Apple ecosystem.
This is a very slippery slope for the music industry. Time will tell.