Pink Floyd Wins Legal Battle To Only Sell Full Albums Online

If any band could justify not selling individual tracks, its Pink Floyd. What, you just want Summer '69 but not Atom Heart Mother Suite? Come on. Now, you won't have that option.

Pink Floyd has just won a legal battle with label EMI prohibiting their music from being sold as individual tracks. If you want to listen to Floyd, you'll be buying full albums.

The ruling was based on a contract they signed way back in 1967, before the internet was a glint in a chubby nerd's eye. The band argued that the contract contained a clause to "preserve the artistic integrity of the albums". EMI, on the other hand, argued that the contract just referred to physical records, as that's all that existed at the time. The judge agreed with Pink Floyd.

As of right now you can still grab individual tracks on iTunes, but that shouldn't last too long. So if you want "Pigs On the Wing" but not the rest of Animals, now's your last chance. [BBC via MacRumors]


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    Oh come on, not another brick in the wall!

      What wall are you referring to? The guy wants you to enjoy the whole album he created. I personally don't listen to Pink Floyd but if I "were" a musician I would prefer to sell a whole album to people can see the "whole" of what I offer.

        It's not that they want you to listen to their work in it's entirity, i think it's more that there work is one big masterpiece split up into "chapters" or songs.

        Imagine reading a book, would you honestly buy pages 15-95, disregarding the rest because it's the only part of the novel that interests you?
        The wall is a good example of this. I'm not saying all artists should follow this, i'm just saying pink floyd have a very valid point in retaining the integrity of their work as a whole - rather than individual tracks that bring something new.
        Pink floyd's music is something entirely different and shouldn't be judged for this decision

    Did EMI claim as their defense "A Momentary Lapse of Reason"? Was "Money" part of the settlement or was it just a waste of "Time"?

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