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Pink Floyd give in to digital downloads

Tripped out old rockers Pink Floyd have inked a deal with EMI to allow single tracks by the band to be peddled as downloads.

The band which has sold over 200 million proper albums gave in to the march of time after having fought the beast - or the man - for, oooh, almost a year now. Because it was only 10 months ago that its three remaining members - or perhaps the remains of its three members - were in court fighting to preserve the "artistic integrity" of the the likes of Animals and Wish You Were Here by only flogging them as complete works rather than individual tracks.

The terms of the five-year deal haven't been made public but we assume Money has something to do with it. Nick Mason has probably run out of Ferraris or something.

In a statement, EMI Group CEO, Roger Faxon said, "Pink Floyd are one of the most important and influential bands of all time."

He suggested the pay per track deal would "help the band reach new and existing fans through their incredible body of work."

Those fans will also be able to skip some of the dodgier tracks without paying for them. In the old days we had to lift the needle.

No doubt the band's oeuvre will now appear at 99p per track on iTunes, even though most of the tracks run into one another (which made lifting the needle an art form).

In the words of Freddie Mercury, a one-time EMI stablemate of the band, 'Another one bites the dust'.

Or in their own: 'Did we tell you the name of the game, boy? We call it Riding the Gravy Train'.