Apple discussing unlimited downloads of purchased songs from iTunes

Apple discussing unlimited downloads of purchased songs from iTunes

Summary: Apple is reportedly negotiating with several major record labels to ease restrictions on downloads of purchased music from iTunes.

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Apple is reportedly negotiating with several major record labels to ease restrictions on downloads of purchased music from iTunes.

"Three people with knowledge of the plans" have confided in Bloomberg saying that the discussions are revolving around unlimited downloads to iPhone, iPod and iPad devices "linked to the same iTunes account." Furthermore, iTunes customers will be treated to a permanent backup of purchases stored in a cloud when a hard drive crashes or that terrible day when a laptop or iPhone might be stolen.

A few of the music industry giants involved in the talks include Vivendi Universal, Sony Music Entertainment, Warner Music and EMI. Finalized plans could be revealed by the middle of this year.

This is certainly welcome news if it pans out. Currently, it's easiest to just buy music on a computer with iTunes installed, and then just sync all of one's portable gadgets to the same computer to make sure each device has all the right music. But if you have an iPhone and an iPad and you decide to buy music on one of those devices, then it's a pain to get music from one to the other.

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  • RE: Apple discussing unlimited downloads of purchased songs from iTunes

    >>Furthermore, iTunes customers will be treated to a permanent backup of purchases stored in a cloud when a hard drive crashes or that terrible day when a laptop or iPhone might be stolen.

    I love it and totally welcome this.
    Ram U
    • Back up your files people!

      Never mind the fact that everyone who owns a computer should have an off-site back-up plan and NOT doing so is a really, really, really bad idea. In fact, there are no words for just how bad of an idea that is.
      dmclean@...
      • RE: Apple discussing unlimited downloads of purchased songs from iTunes

        @dmclean@...
        Having cloud as additional back is not bad at all. I take regular back ups with my Time Machine on MacBook and windows 7 back cup on my Dell.
        Ram U
      • RE: Apple discussing unlimited downloads of purchased songs from iTunes

        @dmclean@...

        Relying on any ONE method is generally a bad idea. I just had that happen today when I found out a song I bought from Napster had been lost and I had to re-buy it (I could have called for a download reset, but I had plenty of credits and it was worth the convenience anyway). That was a PEBKAC error, and my backups of my music reflected that error. Cloud storage doesn't protect you indefinitely, since Napster *did* let me re-download tracks when they were WMAs...but no longer.

        Cloud is unreliable and local backups are unreliable, but it is unlikely that both will fail at the same time.

        Joey
        voyager529
      • RE: Apple discussing unlimited downloads of purchased songs from iTunes

        @dmclean@... It is generally considered prudent to back up to three different endpoints, not including the original copy. I have online backup, flash drive back up x2. I think I'm covered, thanks. :D
        fairlane32
  • RE: Apple discussing unlimited downloads of purchased songs from iTunes

    ??
    rtwinkie2@...
  • Much ado about nothing!

    "But if you have an iPhone and an iPad and you decide to buy music on one of those devices, then it?s a pain to get music from one to the other."

    How so? Anything I've downloaded from the iTunes Store directly to my iPhone has automatically synced with the mother ship as soon as it's docked!
    It even appears in its own little "Purchased on my iPhone" category under the Store.
    Tony in TLoTRS
  • RE: Apple discussing unlimited downloads of purchased songs from iTunes

    "But if you have an iPhone and an iPad and you decide to buy music on one of those devices, then it?s a pain to get music from one to the other."

    I thought it appeared in your iTunes account and then sycned across to any device that uses the same account, no?
    bradavon