To: Apple CEO Steve Jobs From: Greg Sandoval, CNET News Re: Acquiring DRM-free music
The iTunes music library is looking a little shabby these days. Look around, Steve: iTunes is the last great refuge of DRM-laden downloads. Is this the image you want for Apple?
More than 18 months have passed since you signed your one and only deal to acquire music free of copy-protection software with a major recording company. And that was with EMI, which accounts for less than 9 percent of U.S. album sales and is the smallest of the four top music labels. In the … Read more
Last night, Microsoft upgraded its Zune Pass music subscription service, allowing users to pick 10 songs each month that get permanently added to their music collection. Along with significant price drops across its Flash-capacity line of Zune MP3 players, it looks as if Microsoft is making a serious push to compete with the iPod this holiday season.
Apple isn't the only one who should be looking at Zune with some trepidation. Subscription music providers such as Rhapsody and Napster will now be expected to match Microsoft's value proposition by giving their users a mixture of purchased and subscription … Read more
A year after iTunes began offering music without copy protection software from EMI, Apple is in discussions with the other three top recording companies about acquiring DRM-free songs, according to two music industry sources.
The talks are still preliminary and no deals have been finalized, but one source said one of the major labels is close to a final agreement. Rumors have been swirling on the Internet for a week that Sony would soon be offering music without the controversial digital rights management software. My sources could not confirm this.
Spokespeople for Apple and the major labels declined to comment. … Read more
After five albums, 21 Top 20 hits, multimillion sales, and relentless touring, the Stereophonics have finally put the icing on the cake of their career with the release of a compilation album.
Featuring 20 songs spanning the Welsh band's monumental rock/pop mainstay, Stereophonics' "Best Of" album remains refreshing and relevant with the inclusion of two new tracks, "You're My Star" and "My Own Worst Enemy." Catering to the rock faithful with aggressive, anthemic sounds that characterized their earlier work and crammed full of catchy pop tunes that won them a decade-long … Read more