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Apple, AOL ironing out iTunes revenue issues in UK

updated 04:45 pm EDT, Fri May 27, 2005

Apple, AOL in iTunes talks

Apple and America Online are in with their deal that gives AOL users in the UK direct access to iTunes downloads, according to Macworld UK. The problems may lead to integration of other music services to AOL customers or even the creation of an AOL-owned music service for the country. A report by New Media Age says that there has been a problem tracking which users have downloaded what songs, which has led to difficulties in payments between the two companies. "The companies have been working together since June 15 2004. AOL has integrated the iTunes Music Store throughout its music channels in the UK, France and Germany. AOL told New Media Age that its music service is extremely successful and revealed that: 'We have never ruled out working with other download services or even adding one of our own, as AOL Germany has.'"

by MacNN Staff



  1. chiefsub68

    Joined: Dec 1969


    AOL and Macs

    Before Apple proceed any further with AOL, they need to twist AOL's arm to provide a broadband service to Macs in the UK. One pal has an iMac but has bought a PC, too, to access broadband (for some reason he wanted to stay AOL). Some of my family are with AOL but quite fancy Macs. Again, they wouldn't want to give up their e-mail address, so "minority" Macs are out for the moment. Come on AOL, pull your finger out!

  1. jscotta

    Joined: Dec 1969



    AOL seems to be making more and more entertainment services Windows-only. That is too bad. Hopefully Apple will see this as on opportunity to expand its own Mac-only music services. In fact, one of the things that Apple needs to do is to beef up the iTunes Radio services. Compared to the ones offered for Winamp and AOL Radio, it is a very weak service. In fact, they could integrate it with the ITMS so that if someone likes a song, they can instantly own it. I think that would be a great way for ITMS to compete with the subscription models.

  1. Ganesha

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Does this mean...

    The Music store is making more money then Apple would like people to believe?

  1. Buran

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Why not use the BYOA plan

    Doesn't AOL have a bring your own access plan where you use your own ISP and just hook in via AOL's website to get your email and read stuff?

  1. iFrankie

    Joined: Dec 1969



    THe UK always has a problem with everything....

    a bunch whiny little babies....

  1. finknottle

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Re: UK

    Special message for iFrankie. F*** off...stupid b******.

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