"The circulation declines of American newspapers continued over the
spring and summer, as sales across the industry fell almost 3 percent
compared with the year before, according to figures released yesterday.
The drop, reported by the Audit Bureau of Circulations,
reflects the growing shift of readers to the Internet, where newspaper
readership has climbed, and also a strategy by many major papers to
shed unprofitable or marginally profitable print circulation.
Among the nation’s largest newspapers, only a handful held their own
or registered slight increases in overall paid circulation for the
period from April 1 to Sept. 30: USA Today, The Philadelphia Inquirer,
The Houston Chronicle and The St. Petersburg Times. Most papers showed
significant declines, both weekday and Sunday."
We looked at this issue in a prior linkfest: Why You Didn’t Pay To Read This.
More Readers Trading Newspapers for Web Sites
NYT, November 6, 2007
Why You Didn’t Pay To Read This
Slate, Saturday, Oct. 27, 2007, at 6:29 AM ET
5 newspaper giants in talks about online ad network
By Michael Oneal | Tribune staff reporter
November 6, 2007
The Eagles — the multi-platinum selling alt country/rock band circa 1970s — are trying an interesting sales strategy for their first studio album in 28 years.
For the new disc, it appears that there is:
- no recording label participation;
- downloads at their site only;
- physical 2-CD Set purchased only at Wal-Mart, or ordered at their site ((Eaglesband.com).
The band cranked out over 700,000 discs in the first week — not too shabby for a double disc.
For you young ‘uns, the album Eagles: Their Greatest Hits 1971–1975 is the all time best-selling album in the U.S. (according to the RIAA); Their album Hotel California is #18 on the all time top selling list).
What’s really interesting is the downloading — the double disc is available for in two formats: MP3 256k for $10.88, and in FLAC lossless for $11.88, directly from the band’s website.
I am not sure, but it appears that both the labels and Apple’s iTunes have been cut out of the picture.
(I’ll update this as I learn more)
Update: November 7, 2007 5:52am
The Eagles made a
direct exclusive deal with Wal-Mart for physical album — no label involved.
sold the album to Wal-Mart on a one-way basis (meaning, no returns).
serves, I believe they bought 3.6M units at $8 or $9. The Band pays
manufacturing costs and publishing (most of which goes to themselves as writers)
and keeps the rest. Pretty nice haul. I haven’t confirmed with the
manager, but I believe the downloads are being done by the band through their
Again, no iTunes, no labels . . .
Top 100 Albums
Revised Chart Policy Lands Eagles At No. 1
Billboard, November 06, 2007, 8:30 PM ET
JT bypasses the Labels