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Pink Floyd withdraw classic albums online

Pink Floyd have pulled the plug on digital sales of some of their most famous albums following the expiration of their publication contract with EMI, according to reports.

It means for the time being that tracks like Roger Waters-era classics such as ‘The Wall,’ ‘Animals,’ ‘Wish You Were Here’ and ‘The Final Cut’ are no longer available online. However representatives of the band are currently trying to negotiate a new deal that would see their entire back catalogue made available on the internet.

As reported by Spinner, the band won a high court battle with EMI in the spring over unpaid download royalties and the selling of their tracks individually, something the band has always seen as detrimental to their creative vision.

With their music still generating impressive numbers – sales of ‘The Wall’ amount to 1.5 million in the US alone since EMI took it on in 2000 – the band are likely to have no shortage of offers.

As EMI hold the licence for some of the band’s earlier output, the likes of ‘The Piper at the Gates of Dawn’ and ‘Dark Side of the Moon’ still remain available to download.