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Apple signs deal with Warner Music, remains far apart with Sony Music

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Apple signs deal with Warner Music, remains far apart with Sony Music
On Sunday, Apple signed a deal with Warner Music that gives Apple the rights to stream Warner Music on its widely anticipated streaming music site dubbed iRadio. Apple has been rumored to be rolling out an ad-supported free streaming music site since February when some icons leaked on an Apple iPad running iOS 6.1. But since then, Apple has not been able to sign all of the major music labels whose music it wants to carry. Apple had been playing hardball with the negotiations because of the extra kicker it could offer publishers, a share of the mobile advertising revenue that it plans on collecting. Unlike some of its competition, Apple does not plan on charging consumers for access to the site.

Last month, that was talk that negotiations with Sony and Warner were holding back the launch of the service. Now, with Warner in the fold it apparently is all up to Sony to sign on the dotted line to get the music playing. According to those familiar with the negotiations, Apple gave Warner everything on the publishing end that it and other publishers were seeking, which is 10% of ad revenue. That is twice as much as the amount that Pandora pays and could set the the groundwork for new contracts once the current ones expire.

According to insiders, the talks with the music publishers have dealt with royalty rates, a minimum guarantee in case Apple decides not to run ads right away, and a point when ad revenue is split. Apple's deal with Universal covers songs, not publishing, and Apple remains far apart with Sony. Sources say that without inking those two deals, Apple will not launch the service.

source: WSJ

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posted on 02 Jun 2013, 21:41 1

1. darkkjedii (Posts: 11063; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


Apple you can sign me to a record deal anytime.

posted on 03 Jun 2013, 00:16 2

7. Mxyzptlk (limited) (Posts: 3510; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)


ikr Sony is being a bunch of cheapskapes.

posted on 03 Jun 2013, 00:38 4

9. joey_sfb (Posts: 2892; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)


Nothing beats Apple, the Lord of Cheapest skapes.

posted on 03 Jun 2013, 05:07

10. darkkjedii (Posts: 11063; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


They'll get on board

posted on 02 Jun 2013, 21:42 7

2. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 6399; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)


LOL. Looks like SONY got u this time Apple. SONY owns COLUMBIA AND MGM two biggest franchise in the music industry.

posted on 02 Jun 2013, 22:02

5. joey_sfb (Posts: 2892; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)


Sony would sign when the price is right. In the mean time they should do more high end phone with audiophile audio. Samsung support aptx for all their high end phone.

posted on 02 Jun 2013, 22:15 5

6. Shatter (Posts: 2020; Member since: 29 May 2013)


Sony honami with high end walkman dac/amps built in.

5-inch device-

- Walkman audio chip
- 5-inch Triluminos touchscreen
- 1920 x 1080 pixel resolution
- 20MP or 16MP Cyber-shot CMOS camera with Carl Zeiss lens, xenon flash and dual LED
- 2.3GHz quad core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor
- 2GB of RAM
- 2,700mAh to 3,000mAh battery

rumored specs for it

posted on 03 Jun 2013, 10:48

11. Atlas (Posts: 157; Member since: 15 Apr 2012)


No they have the Walkman brand, the pioneers of portable audio.

posted on 02 Jun 2013, 21:45 8

3. Zero0 (Posts: 583; Member since: 05 Jul 2012)


I can't wait for Apple to invent and patent music streaming.

posted on 03 Jun 2013, 00:16 6

8. Mxyzptlk (limited) (Posts: 3510; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)


They innovate and improve.

posted on 02 Jun 2013, 21:47 6

4. pyradark (Posts: 767; Member since: 10 Jun 2012)


so that means iRadio would be incomplete bcoz sony is not part of it!!!
too bad you wont get to hear any britney and 1D on stream hahaha

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