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Just week's after trumpeting the addition of early Rolling Stone's catalog titles to its subsription service, eMusic is being forced to take the titles down. From the eMusic forums:

Emusic" Before posting the ABKCO catalogue on eMusic at the beginning of April, we pursued every level of due diligence possible. We triple and quadruple-checked with every possible party at both ABKCO and Universal Music Group, which distributes the label, and the word was unanimous: let's do this...ABKCO and UMG were both incrediblyRollingstones impressed by both the treatment and the sales: the catalogue (even stuff beyond the Stones) generated a huge number of downloads."

"But this was not enough. Due to events outside of our control, we are being forced to remove the entire ABKCO catalogue from eMusic effective tomorrow morning. (May3) We hope to get them back at some point, but for now, we have no choice"

"The shame here is that you, our customers, the exact sort of music fan that the music industry should celebrate and reward, suffers as a result of this classic industry snafu. While the industry concerns itself with arcane details, the music consumer -- a dying breed, mind you -- is restricted from legally acquiring music. It's a maddening situation that eMusic has been committed to repairing for the last ten years, and always will be: people don't mind paying for music so long as it's affordable and they aren't handicapped by DRM restrictions and the like when they pull out their wallets."

"We are of course sorry to see the catalogue go, and we are disappointed that so many customers didn't have the opportunity to own more of it. Still, there are numerous new additions to the site on the horizon, some already big and others poised for amazing things. We're excited to together see what comes next."
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