RUMOR: Sony won’t sell Michael Jackson’s ‘This Is It’ album via Apple’s iTunes Store

“The iTunes Store will not be offering downloads from Michael Jackson’s [first] posthumous album, This Is It, according to confidential information leaked late Tuesday,” Paul Resnikoff reports for Digital Music News.

“The big release – a stand-alone, double-disc audio set – hits October 26th throughout the world, and the 27th in North America,” Resnikoff reports. “The double-disc comes ahead of the theatrical and DVD release of Michael Jackson’s This Is It, a compilation of rehearsal footage for the O2 dates that never happened.”

“Sources close to the release noted that Sony Music Entertainment and the Jackson estate have opted to only offer downloads within a bundled album,” Resnikoff reports. “Apple insists on individual track downloads, a stance that precludes its participation.”

Resnikoff reports, “Instead, AmazonMP3 will score the exclusive, according to the sources, though details related to the exclusivity window were not immediately available.”

Full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: Apple’s iTunes Store offers “album only” sales, but if the crux of this report is true, Sony must only want to sell 20% of what they could have sold online.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Robert S.” for the heads up.]


  1. So what they’re saying is that when given the option they know that people will only buy the decent songs, the album not being good enough in its entirety, so they’re going to try and exploit fans by making them buy the whole thing for a higher price. Sweet.

  2. Not a problem. I was not going to buy it anyway. If they really want to restrict the sales that could help to bail out Michael Jackson’s massive debt, they could sell them at a lemon aid stand at the side of some back street.

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