The new face of retailing will be front and center at this year's 51st annual NARM convention since digital, mobile and other new revenue models will be a key theme at many of the panels and all the keynote addresses.

Meanwhile, the old face of the industry—packaging and pricing of physical product—will dominate the closed-door private meetings at the San Diego Marriott, thanks to a new pricing initiative expected from Sony Music Entertainment and a Wal-Mart decision that could affect the entire physical side of the business.

According to sources, Sony has given a sneak preview to some accounts of a proposed new pricing scheme that...

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