MINNEAPOLIS, Nov. 8, 2005 - Best Buy is launching an independent
music catalog at BestBuy.com that will give shoppers access to the
largest online library of independent music. Through an alliance with
CD Baby, Best Buy customers can access and purchase more than 100,000
hard-to-find albums sold direct from the artist.
CD Baby handles online sales and distribution for independent artists
and labels. More than 75,000 artists sell their music through CD
Baby, making it the largest seller of independent music on the Web.
"Best Buy believes the future of music depends on consumers exploring
new music and connecting with new artists," said Gary Arnold, senior
vice president of entertainment for Best Buy. "As the link between
the artist and the consumer, Best Buy is in a unique position to help
generate excitement by exposing people to talented independent
artists. It's a responsibility we take seriously, and that's why this
agreement with CD Baby is so important."
The alliance with CD Baby is part of Best Buy's overall commitment to
provide consumers with as many entertainment choices as possible.
Best Buy stocks a deep catalog of music that goes well beyond simply
carrying new releases. Offering the CD Baby catalog online will
provide an even more diverse selection of music to Best Buy
"Best Buy selling deep catalog directly from independent musicians
like this is the beginning of a 'long tail' revolution," said Derek
Sivers, founder of CD Baby. "This will highlight the most amazing
musicians in all genres of music, that are bypassing the record
labels to sell directly from musician to fan."
The CD Baby alliance will be featured on front page of the music
section on BestBuy.com. A link will take customers to a searchable
library of independent and unsigned artists. Consumers can browse by
style of music, check out the top selling albums on the site, and can
even search by location to discover talent from their part of the
About Best Buy Co., Inc.
Best Buy Co., Inc. (NYSE: BBY) is an innovative Fortune 100 growth
company that continually strives to create superior customer
experiences. Through more than 840 retail stores across the United
States and in Canada, our employees connect customers with technology
and entertainment products and services that make life easier and
more fun. We sell consumer electronics, home-office products,
entertainment software, appliances and related services. A
Minneapolis-based company, our operations include: Best Buy
(BestBuy.com and BestBuy.ca), Future Shop (FutureShop.ca), Geek Squad
(GeekSquad.com and GeekSquad.ca) and Magnolia Audio Video
(Magnoliaav.com). We support our communities through employee
volunteerism and grants from The Best Buy Children's Foundation.
About CD BABY
CD Baby (cdbaby.com) was started as a hobby by musician Derek Sivers
in 1998 as a way to help some friends sell their CDs online. CD
Baby's democratic service gives any musician worldwide distribution
for their music. Through word-of-mouth among musicians, CD Baby grew
into the largest seller of independent CDs on the web, paying over
$20 million directly to over 75,000 artists. Apple iTunes invited CD
Baby to be one of their backend digital distributors, and now CD
Baby's digital distribution catalog provides over 600,000 songs to
digital music services like Rhapsody, Napster, MSN Music, Yahoo
Music, and more. Esquire Magazine's annual "Best and Brightest" cover
story said, "Derek Sivers is changing the way music is bought and
sold... one of the last music-business folk heroes." Sivers is Winner
of the 2003 World Technology Award.