New Strokes Album “Angles” Leaks to BitTorrent

New Strokes Album “Angles” Leaks to BitTorrent

Album debuts on BitTorrent tracker sites everywhere more than a week before its official March 22nd release date.

The Stroks is the latest and greatest band to feel the instant distribution power of BitTorrent, copies of their upcoming album — “Angles” — leaking to BitTorrent tracker sites everywhere well ahead of its official March 22nd release date.

From The Pirate Bay:

The album is the latest to find its way to BitTorrent over the years, something record labels and artists alike have complained cuts into legitimate sales, and which has been cited in the ongoing case against sites like the aforementioned The Pirate Bay for facilitating the distribution of copyrighted material.

Either way, despite the best efforts of copyright holders the problem is here to stay. The only way to really address the problem is by speeding up the official release date. If an album is completed in — let’s say April — why can’t it be distributed in May or June?

I understand time is needed to produce and distribute physical CDs, but as music consumption continues a slow march towards a largely digital world it’s something that’ll need to be considered eventually. At some point record labels will have to choose which is more important.

Stay tuned.

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