Led Zeppelin To Make Its Songs Available Digitally
October 15, 2007 at 5:23 AM (PT)
It’s been a long time, but LED ZEPPELIN, one of the last superstar acts to refrain from selling its music online, is finally offering its catalog to digital-music fans, reports THE NEW YORK TIMES.
The shift by LED ZEPPELIN, whose reunion concert in LONDON next month has already incited a frenzy for tickets, highlights the clout of digital sales in the music market as mass merchants reduce the shelf space devoted to compact discs. Under a series of new agreements expected to be announced today, the band will make its songs available first as ringtones and similar mobile features starting this week in an exclusive deal with VERIZON WIRELESS. Digital downloads of songs from the band’s eight studio albums and other recordings are expected to be available through VERIZON and digital-music services, including iTUNES, on NOV. 13th.
"The great thing about this band, unlike almost any other band that you could think of, is that every single day there is a new 13-year-old kid who’s just starting to get into music, and will discover the group," said RHINO SVP/E-commerce DAVID DORN. "That’s a customer that’s coming along for the future."
Of the few remaining digital holdouts, only THE BEATLES and GARTH BROOKS have outsold LED ZEPPELIN in the UNITED STATES.