Why are some old albums not for sale online?

Why are some old albums not for sale online? The Wall Street Journal “Real Time” guys look into one of life’s mysteries (free feature).

Quote:

“…while most pop new releases are a click away, some artists’ “back catalogs” are frustrating patchworks, with albums unavailable because of rights issues, because clearing those rights isn’t a priority for a record label, or maybe just because they’re way down on an awfully long list. Think of them as the digital-music revolution’s missing in action.

  • Andrew

    Yes. I’ve grown quite frustrated when trying to satisfy my nostalgia by purchasing the song “99 Red Balloons” by Nina. I can’t find it online.