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Wired: Huge gaps remain in Europe\'s iTunes

updated 06:55 am EDT, Mon June 28, 2004

Gaps in Euro iTunes

Wired News reports that there are "" because of a last-minute negotiations breakdown between Apple and independent labels: "Negotiations broke down on the eve of the debut, and Apple still hasn't been able to offer an online licensing deal deemed acceptable to the indies, which make up a quarter of all European music sales. The Association of Independent Music, which represents 820 U.K. labels, does not want its members to commit to the three-year, fixed-income deal it said is on the table."




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  1. booboo

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Simple Minded

    Tons of glitches too.

    Why does Simple minds Real To Real Cacophony point to a Bob Seger album?

    After a week!

  1. booboo

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Really simple . . .

    That was my first first post EVER!

    Woohoo!

  1. Diggory Laycock

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Feedback :)

    We UK users have been sending our feedback:

    http://www.theregister.co.uk/2004/06/28/itunes_indie_imixes/

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    $$

    Just don't be complaining to Apple when they do sign a deal under pressure and music prices rise at the beginning of the year.

  1. koolkid1976

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    re: $$

    "Just don't be complaining to Apple when they do sign a deal under pressure and music prices rise at the beginning of the year."
    Precisely. Apple want's to guarantee you a set price for at least 3 years.

  1. ihobson

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Growing catalogue

    I too was disappointed by the selections available at first. But there has been a lot added since it went live including Keane, Snow Patrol and Coldplay albums, and a lot more older material from people like The Cure, Lloyd Cole to name just a few. I can only assume that, apart from the Independent label problem, there was a processing backlog - the process of converting each track and loading it into the store takes time. SJ seemed to indicate that apple were involved in this process for quality reasons etc. So, it's not as if they could just go out and get 700,000 AAC format songs overnight. It also seems that although an album might be available on both sides of the pond, there can be minor differences in versions etc. and so the digitisation must be done 2x. Anyway, at least if we get the major labels on, that would be something.

    I am personally a great fan of the Independents (come on 4AD!), and hope that something amicable can be reached that's good for both parties. I'm sure that iTMS revenue can be seen as extra revenue for these companies - not substituted (I will still buy highest quality CD's of my favourite artists for instance). And, I think it reasonable of Apple to insist on a fixed price for a period of time - I am reassured that I can expect to pay 79p for the next few years. Apple would be foolhardy having negotiated 3 year deals to then put up the consumer price, as the backlash would be quite strong. So, come on guys, AGREE something!

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Other side

    On the other hand (man, I love playing both sides of the fence), the indies say that while they can't raise prices, apple can, and keep all the extra dough for themselves (although what they should do is negotiate a percentage, not a number, then there's no issue).

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