Paul & Matthew B. Cheers for heads up guys.
I already .. and I tentativley admit this.... subscribe to SmokeCDs.com. Just had a squizz at newzealandcds.com and Amplifier. Good suggestions...... now melting my UK credit card in a Kiwi music purchasing frenzy.........
Don't worry Matt - £5 is worth about $5,000 NZD so you'll get lots of tunes!
I would imagine it is to do with rights and stuff (but I don't see how it doesn't affect imports and such on physical music).
because the royalties on those are paid at source. Its the whole argument about parallel importing...the local licensees or Opcos claim that an import deprives them of legitimate income, therefore buying from a foreign iTunes does the same. I guess that there is an argument that not allowing an NZ card holder to buy from an offshore iTunes circumvents NZ's parallel importing laws.
Back in the day, many years ago, importers of music (both physical and sheet) had to pay the royalties again..they got a physical stamp from the publisher or record co to stick on the LPs label certifying such. In effect the artist should have been paid twice...yeah sure...
ah, maybe a dumb question but...
if all this nz stuff gets put into the local iTMS, won't it then be really easy to offer it globally through iTMS?
or do the aggregators have to negotiate a separate agreement for every regional iTMS?
what i'm getting at is, won't the people using iTMS in the UK or wherever eventually get access to the nz music catalogue made available to iTMS customers in nz?
Stephen, our record companies are only just coming to terms with the fact that CDs are not a "new" technology. Warner NZ and Universal NZ don't even have web sites...
Warner NZ and Universal NZ don't even have web sites...
(so the short anwer is, i won't hold my breath)