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Apple offered Sony iTunes partnership deal?

updated 11:05 am EDT, Fri September 3, 2004

Apple-Sony in iTunes deal?

Apple offered Sony a partnership deal opportunity, according to a report in a Japanese newspaper today. Steve Jobs reportedly offered Nobuyuki Idei, chairman and group CEO of Sony, a chance for , the Nikkei Sangyo Shimbun newspaper reports in its September 2 edition. The offer would have allowed for joint operation of the service and was made when the two met at the Sony Open golf tournament held in Hawaii this January: "Jobs is reported to have wanted to bring the Sony brand into the service to maintain a competitive advantage over Microsoft, which launched a beta version of its MSN Music store earlier this week."

by MacNN Staff





  1. GORDYmac

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Hmm...Sony, Apple & HP...

    That would have been a full court press. Too bad Sony didn't bite--for Sony, that is...

  1. marzetta7

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Re: Hmm...Sony, Apple,HP

    True, that would have been pretty sweet. What would have been interesting too would be if Sony had gone along with the partnership if Apple would have behind the scenes given some more clout to Sony and partner's future Blu-Ray technology. Oh well, I guess we'll never know!

  1. Bobby

    Joined: Dec 1969



    It's really too bad. Combined they would have been an unstopable music force...

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Isn't that the tech in those sunglasses that makes all other sunglasses seem like c***? Could of sworn I saw an infomercial on those somewhere.

  1. Person Man

    Joined: Dec 1969



    hehe... Blu-Blocker, Blu-Ray, Bluetooth... it's all the same anyway. :)

  1. kerryb

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Sony's mistatke

    There seems to be a new Apple Inc. around these days and the one thing that has caused this is the iPod and iTunes Music Store. Combined these two technologies has leveled the playing field away from M$ and the Wintel monopoly in the young legal download music filed. Apple is aggressively seeking partners and for once may have the best product and the largest market share. Sony was dumb to not back mp3's or even wma for their online store and digital music players. Can anyone say Beta?

  1. chrisutley

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Dear Sony, see XBOX

    You'd think Sony might look in their own backyard door evidence that Apple's offer was a good one, esp. in light of the stated goal - fighting Microsoft. Sony has owned the console market for years now, and by that I mean dominated. XBOX is slowly but surely eroding that share. This next iteration of next gen consoles will close the gap further, and if Microsoft continues as they have to date - by the time the are on XBOX "3" they two companies will be neck and neck.

  1. mouseketter

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Steve Jobs plays golf?

    Steve Jobs plays golf? Who knew?

    Way to go Sony. An iPod with Sony's name on it instead of Hewlet-Packard... ummmm. That would have been intersting.

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