updated 09:25 am EST, Wed January 18, 2006
Apple, Sony do iTunes deal
iTunes Australia has finally reached an with one million songs from both major and independent record labels and over 1,000 music videos; however, conspicuously absent were Sony BMG artists. The report says that Apple's flat-rate pricing and file compatibility with Sony music players were sticking points in the protracted negogiations, according to The Age. "The agreement ends a long-running dispute between Sony and Apple that has affected the Australian and Japanese versions of the world's most popular music download store. It also means that the 1 million-plus Australian iPod owners can now legally download the music of some of the biggest names in pop."
According to the report, Sony BMG features local music stars such as Pete Murray, Delta Goodrem, Natalie Imbruglia, John Farnham and Australian Idol contestants as well as international talent such as Foo Fighters, Bruce Springsteen, Santana, Britney Spears, Oasis, etc. Sony BMG's artists hold a combined 30 percent of ARIA's Top 20 albums this week.
Sony BMG Australia's general manager of business strategy and human resources, Emmanuel Candi confirmed that "local artists were incensed that their music was unavailable" via iTunes, according to the report.
"It's fair to say a number of artists were keen to see iTunes being able to stock our release."
According to CNET, the iTunes Music Store in Australia now features over one million songs, 3,000 music videos, short films from Pixar, 11,000 audiobooks and 25,000 podcasts.