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Labels may buckle on iTunes pricing

updated 09:35 am EDT, Mon April 24, 2006

iTunes pricing resolution?

The music labels may concede their position, after publicly jockeying for variable pricing on iTunes. The record industry may be prepare to waive the white flag and adonbdon its demand for iTunes to charge different prices for different songs, according to The New York Post. " Negotiations between Apple and the four major music companies - with which iTunes deals all expire in the next two months - have reached a crucial point as several record executives now say they are unlikely to convince Jobs to allow variable pricing, sources said. This marks a change of tune for the record industry as late last year several executives said they believed variable pricing - something the music companies have been pushing for - was imminent." The report says that Universal, Warner Music, SonyBMG and EMI North America are all in various stages of renegotiating their deals; however, pulling the music songs from the iTunes may be a (remote) possibility, which may help the record industry bargaining power.

by MacNN Staff



  1. eldarkus

    Joined: Dec 1969


    I think...

    I think Nelson Muntz said it best when he said "HA- HA"

  1. typoon

    Joined: Dec 1969


    1 billion can't be wrong

    1 Billion downloads can't be wrong. If jobs is able to pull this off it will really show how much influence the iTunes store and Jobs really have.

  1. JackNN

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Uh ...

    "Waive" the white flag? "Adonbdon" its demands? C'mon folks, I know it's a Monday morning, but wake up!

  1. Person Man

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Wonder if...

    ...this has anything to do with the ongoing investigation into CD pricing practices and alleged price fixing?

  1. ZinkDifferent

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Let's see...

    "Well, if Jobs won't give in, we'll just yank our entire catalog from iTunes, and we'll see how well he'll do then... We'd rather make no money at all, than .... HOW MUCH ARE WE MAKING??? For doing nothing...? Well, alright then, let's pretend we never had this conversation"

    Seems to me that after much posturing, someone finally explained to these morons how muhc money they are making via iTunes for doing nothing at all. Compare that to earning next to *nothing* from the subscription models and WMA stores the studios have thrown their weight behind.

    I'd predict that all of the labels will fall in line in the next two months, with some holdouts (like that idiot Bronstein, from WB) falling in line at the last minute, just so he can pretend to stick to his guns, just before he tucks his tail.

    Steve Jobs knows what he is doing, after all, it seems.

  1. bigpoppa206

    Joined: Dec 1969


    All this talk

    about the impact of downloads on the music industry should be countered with the reality that digital downloads only represent about 6% of total music sales (well, in 2005 that is.)

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