If you're in the market for some Pink Floyd albums, you'd better hit your local record store, and quick. Pink Floyd albums such as "The Wall" or "Animals" have been pulled from digital retailers like iTunes and Amazon's MP3 store because EMI's contract covering those albums expired June 30.
The albums dropped include most post- "Dark Side of the Moon" titles such as "Wish You Were Here" and "The Final Cut," because those records, originally released on Columbia Records, have been distributed by EMI since 2000.
The albums are still available on CD because EMI has physical stock that it can sell off. But it's unlikekly EMI will be able to manufacture more CDs until a new contract is signed.
Pink Floyd's earlier albums, from "The Piper at the Gates of Dawn" through "Dark Side of the Moon," are still available on CD and as digital downloads on EMI.
Pink Floyd albums remain popular, with 36.2 million copies sold in the United States since 1991, including 654,000 in 2009 and almost 311,000 this year. Pink Floyd track sales total 6.5 million, and song downloads total 587,000 units so far this year.