Apple making headway with music publishers

Apple making headway with music publishers

Summary: Apple has wrapped up licensing agreements with three of the four top record companies but still needs publishing rights to make its cloud service a go.

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Hopes are high in the music sector that Apple will have all the licenses it needs to launch a cloud music service in time for the company's Worldwide Developers Conference, which starts on June 6.

Negotiations between Apple and music publishers have begun in earnest only recently but the amount of money that separates the two sides from reaching a deal is relatively small, according to two sources with knowledge of the talks. That said, these are cloud-licensing contracts, which are new and complex and there are still several ways Apple's service could be delayed, insiders say.

Apple has wrapped up licensing agreements with three of the four top record companies, including EMI Music, Warner Music, and Sony Music. CNET reported last week that Apple and Universal Music, the largest of the major record companies, could ink a deal possibly this week. This would give Apple recorded-music rights to most of the popular music out there. To offer a fully functional cloud music service though, Apple still needs publishing rights.

For more on this story, read on CNET News.

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  • Apple doing it the legal way...to benefit users

    While Amazon tries to be first to the cloud music service, without any legal contracts, Apple will be a few months behind Amazon but it will be done legally and thus provide more choice for consumers regarding when, where and on what device they can listen to their music.

    When I think back to my first Kodak mp3 player, which I loved so much, and where we are now with my computer, iphone and ipad all syncing movies and music and podcasts and books, etc. it makes me wish that I could see another ten years ahead now, so I could see what we'll be able to do then.
    ShazAmerica
  • Unsealing the Fourth Horseman ...

    ... of the Apocalypse.

    An alignment between the four greedy media giants and the greediest IT company is the worst possible news for consumers. The result will be the bolstering of a business model from the 20th century.
    jacksonjohn
  • Territorial War

    After the smoke clears from this money war between the record labels and IT companies, how will the independent artists get their music heard?
    rick@...