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Mobile carriers to balance Apple\'s music dominance?

updated 01:20 pm EDT, Fri April 15, 2005

Jobs vs. record execs

Music industry executives are turning toward non-Apple partners, including mobile phone networks/manufacturers, to help , according to a CNET report. Apple's flat $0.99 per song/$9.99 per album pricing policy has frustrated the music labels along with its refusal to license FairPlay antipiracy technology to other MP3 player manufacturers: "Frustrated at what they see as Jobs' intransigence on song pricing and other issues, some record executives are now turning their hopes toward other partners, particularly mobile phone carriers eager to get into the business of selling music. They see this new focus as a way to broaden the digital music business, and lessen Apple's dominance over their market in the process.

by MacNN Staff



  1. history1me



    Power mongers

    That is all they want, control that leads to power and so on... all chasing the mighty $$. I hope they fail big time.

  1. avfolk

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Phones as phones

    The convergence of phones as PDA's, still and video cams, schedulers, pagers, maps, and now MP3 players -- how about a phone that works AS A PHONE???

    Its all an ugly grab for additional service and fees to disguise the fact that they fail to offer quality and reliable PHONE service.

    Cingular take special note.

  1. scottnichol

    Joined: Dec 1969


    phone is no jukebox

    the problem with purchasing songs through a mobile phone is that the software is typically so poorly implemented. the interface just generally stinks and once i purhcase a song i want it to be part of my permanent library, not just living on something that could just as easily fall in the drink while i'm out on a canoe.

    the thing is i'll probably just never use a cell phone music service for so many other reasons too, not the least of which is the typical provider's sh*tty support for mac os in general (no sync kits, etc). thankfully apple made iSync just work with most phones.

  1. lmhaffner

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Uh... right...

    Competition makes the price go *up*. That's what I remembered learning in Econ 101. I still have no clue why I'd want my mobile phone to even think about playing music. And as a consumer, the whole moblie pricing scheme for just about every service they offer here in the US is just totally out of whack compared to the rest of the world.

  1. kentuckyfried

    Joined: Dec 1969


    yeah, it's crazy....

    cell phone rates have been going up. Aren't they supposed to be getting more economical as time goes by? =(

  1. wadesworld

    Joined: Dec 1969



    While competition makes the price go down in classic economics, that's clearly not what the record companies want here.

    What they want is companies that are more open to their ideas on how to make more money off music consumers.


  1. bigpoppa206

    Joined: Dec 1969


    RE: Power mongers

    "That is all they want, control that leads to power and so on... all chasing the mighty $$."

    Yeah just like every other American company. So what? Sounds like you are not a shareholder.

  1. palardyn

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Apple needs to be careful

    and not drive the market into someone else's waiting arms.

    Why not license the DRM technology ?
    Failing to do this is getting the suppliers ot the content to look for other alternatives which can't be good for Apple long term.

    If the music labels go else where where does that leave Apple in the long run ?

    Strategcally partnering and licensing would do Apple a world of good and show the world they actually are not a closed proprietary shop (which at this point they are as far as DRM goes)

    I love Apple and the suff they make but they shoot themselves in the foot by refusing to license and make their stuff even more ubiquitous. Something they could learn from MS (I cant believe I just wrote that)

  1. ender

    Joined: Dec 1969


    70% of what?

    70% of digital music downloads is still a tiny percentage of total music sales. Remember those round silver things called CDs? The music industry wants us to think they are fighting to protect us from the evil Apple monopoly. But digital downloads should be viewed simply as a distribution channel, not an industry in and of itself. That would be like saying PeaPod is a dangerous monopoly threatening the entire grocery industry, just because the are the largest home delivery service. (OK, I'm not really sure PeaPod is the biggest, but you get the point!)

  1. ender

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Typo in the Article

    There is a typo in the article. A senior Cingular executive was quoted as saying, "Ultimately, the consumer is the boss." What he really said was "Unfortunately, the consumer is the boss."

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