The Offspring heeft het plan om hun nieuwe CD voor de officiŽle release date in MP3 formaat op het net te zetten, afgeblazen. Het besluit vond plaats onder druk van Sony Music, de platenmaatschappij van The Offspring. In plaats van de volledig downloadbare CD krijgen fans nu de mogelijkheid om twee weken voor de release van het album ťťn trackje neer te tanken:
Jim Guerinot, the band's manager, today said that The Offspring had agreed not to follow through with previously announced plans to release its entire new album, "Conspiracy of One," on the Web prior to its Nov. 14 retail release date.
Instead, the band will allow one song from the album to be available for download two weeks prior to the album's release in stores. Offspring's label, Columbia Records, a division of Sony Music Group, said it was satisfied with the result.
A source close to the situation said a legal battle was averted late Friday when both sides agreed not to pursue lawsuits. Sony told the band earlier this month to cancel the giveaway, but the band refused, the source said.
"We are extremely happy that Sony Music has worked out a solution with The Offspring and its management that supports the integrity of the band's creative idea and enables them to proceed with their promotion," a Columbia Records representative said in a statement.