iTunes Pass Busted: Depeche Mode Album Now Leaking

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The music industry has long been plagued by leaks of upcoming albums, and this trend doesn’t seem to be slowing down anytime soon. The latest victim of this is Depeche Mode, whose upcoming album ‘Sounds of the Universe’ has been leaked ahead of its official release date of April 21st. The album is currently available for pre-order on Amazon for $9.99, but it’s also widely available across BitTorrent trackers like Mininova. This includes multiple versions of the album, and at least two heavily-seeded copies.

While this leak may not come as a surprise to many, it has significant consequences for the band and the industry as a whole. In recent years, pre-release album leaks have become commonplace, and almost every major artist has experienced a similar situation. This has made the release date of an album a flexible proposition, and a serious disadvantage for above-board retailers – both digital and physical. This leak has also seriously impacted an exclusive tie-up between Depeche Mode and Apple, who had collectively minted the iTunes Pass late last month.

The iTunes Pass concept bundles a number of album-related exclusives, as well as the album itself, and spreads the content over a broader period of time. However, ahead of the critical release date, die-hard fans who paid $18.99 for the Pass are finding themselves carrying the bag on a raw deal. This leak has undermined the value of the iTunes Pass, and it’s likely that some die-hard fans will shy away from similar exclusive opportunities in the future.

However, Depeche Mode can still come out of this situation relatively unscathed. While labels rely heavily on album sales as a core source of revenue, artists are more diversified and frequently wrap an album into a broader tour and campaign. Accordingly, Depeche Mode is starting a European tour in Luxembourg in May, before continuing in Toronto in July for a North American trek. The Tour – billed the “Tour of the Universe” – is expected to easily surpass album revenues.

This leak has once again brought up the issue of piracy and its impact on the music industry. While piracy has been an issue for decades, the rise of digital music and the internet has made it easier than ever to share and download music illegally. This has resulted in significant revenue losses for the industry, with some estimates suggesting that the global music industry loses approximately $2.7 billion annually due to piracy.

Despite the industry’s best efforts to combat piracy, it seems that the problem is only getting worse. While streaming services like Spotify and Apple Music have helped to reduce the number of illegal downloads, they have also led to a significant decrease in album sales. This is because consumers are now more likely to stream music than to buy it outright.

In conclusion, the leak of Depeche Mode’s upcoming album is yet another reminder of the challenges facing the music industry. While leaks have become commonplace in recent years, they still have significant consequences for both artists and retailers. However, as Depeche Mode has demonstrated, artists can still find success through touring and other revenue streams. The industry must continue to adapt to these challenges if it hopes to remain viable in the digital age.