As the market for physical copies of music (sadly) continues to shrink, Rob Sourial, VP of Gloabl Marketing for Walt Disney Records, took to the Disney Music Emporium website to explain the company’s plans for phase one of the site. In his statement, Sourial explains:
” As the traditional physical music retail world continues to shrink, DME.com represents our “Field of Dreams” — A destination to house and showcase beautiful, elegant, & collectible Disney music products. Our genuine hope is that this digital global storefront becomes more than just a place to find and buy amazing Disney music not available anywhere else, but also a robust community of like-minded Disney music fans who want to engage with us in conversation. We are excited to announce that Greg Ehrbar and Randy Thornton will be contributing monthly columns addressing a wide array of topics pertaining to the history of the the Disney Music Catalog.”
The Disney Music Emporium also offers information on the current wave of collectible Compact Discs, The Legacy Collection, including the latest release, Mary Poppins.
The Legacy Collection includes book-bound CDs including extra features beyond the movie soundtrack, accompanied by artwork and behind the scenes footage.
As for the future of the Emporium, Sourial also gives us this tease:
“Got an idea for a product you wish we would release, DME is the place where you can share these ideas. In fact, we will even be introducing a “kick-starter/Groupon-like” functionality to the site in the near future, that will allow new product ideas to come to life with limited production runs….
…. Over the next 6 months we will have several updates adding more and more content, products and functionality to DME.com. We look forward to engaging with you, (the fans), to build DME into something really special that honors the continuing legacy of the Disney Music Catalog.”
As a fan of music, Disney in particular, it’s sad to see another physical form becoming more limited in availability. As one that loves cover art and liner notes, it’s hard to sometimes embrace the digital side of things. However, I applaud Walt Disney Records in this venture. With people such as Sourial, Randy Thornton and historian Greg Ehrbar aboard, I look forward to some possibly amazing limited releases in the future as well.
Have any thoughts on this new direction? I’d love to hear them – sound off below!