updated 12:50 pm EDT, Thu September 29, 2005
Apple to get its way?
Apple's iPod market advantage may enable the company to this holiday season--thereby controlling the MP3 player market even more--making it an even stronger powerhouse when it has to negotiate with the music labels, according to BusinessWeek. A research report by WR Hambrecht says manufacturers of flash memory will be experiencing "an uncomfortably tight supply environment" this quarter and into the first quarter of 2006 [and] smaller firms will be told to wait for their flash chips, according to the column. Apple could get an even bigger price break on flash chips from Samsung, and Toshiba may give it favorable pricing as well, making it harder for others to compete on price and amid constrained supplies, according to the column. "That makes the path for record companies clear: Jobs will get what Jobs wants. In the end, that means download prices will stay right where they are."