Legendary music star Garth Brooks knows that Going Direct! is the future. In this story from the AP, “Brooks’ music coming to digital via his own site“, Brooks talks about making his music available only through his own website. This is similar to what author JK Rownlings is doing with her eBooks on her own site Pottermore.com. It’s pretty obvious that major players are beginning to realize the power of Going Direct!
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Garth Brooks is finally embracing digital music, but he’s doing it his own way.
Brooks, one of the last holdout big-name musicians still refusing to put his music on iTunes, said Thursday he will make his back catalog of hits and his new music available for download, but only through his own website. He said the digital downloads of previous music would be available in a few weeks to tide fans over until a new album comes out later this year.
The 52-year-old country star remains one of music’s top-selling artists, with 134 million albums sold, according to the Recording Industry Association of America. He has said in the past that he had no animosity toward Apple, but disagreed with its approach to selling music.
Other performers who refused to join iTunes but later reached deals include AC/DC, Radiohead and Led Zeppelin. ITunes was launched in 2001.
“So, we’ll be doing our digital the best way we can, the only way we know how, because we are the only ones who kind of play our own way,” Brooks said at a press conference in Nashville.