It looks like there will be no CD-single release of “Tomorrow” after all…
Even though Universal Germany is still listing a CD-single release of “Tomorrow” for today, no online music retailers has it. A digital 1-track single was released instead today on all major digital music retailer sites in Germany. Germany was one of the last countries to commercially release The Cranberries first single online.
The music industry has changed considerably since The Cranberries last CD-single release (“Stars”, 2002). Lesser and lesser physical copies are sold and record companies tend to not release CD-singles anymore, relying instead on the digital music market.
The problem with digital bonus tracks like the ones on iTunes is that those music files – exclusively released in some countries – are not accessible to buy for fans from other regions of the world, a situation that encourage music piracy. Plus, many music collectors prefer to have a physical copy of bonus tracks, which where previously released on CD-singles in the 90’s and early 2000’s. As a matter of fact, we can see that the passion for CD-singles is still alive, as promo singles of “Tomorrow” were sold on eBay for up to $90.
In other news, there is still no word on that mysterious radio mix of “Tomorrow” by Michael Ilbert, which was intended for the German radio stations. If any German fans heard it, let us know here!