Report: Apple has yet to sign an Indie Label for Apple Music

Report: Apple has yet to sign an Indie Label for Apple Music
With Apple Music set to debut June 30th when iOS 8.4 starts getting pushed out, a new report says that the Cupertino crew has yet to sign an indie label for its streaming music service. Apple has already inked the big three, Warner, Universal and Sony Music, to contracts. While Apple is paying out an industry high 71.5% to 73% of its revenue to labels, performers and rights holders, there is one major thing holding back the independent labels from getting involved and that is Apple's three month free trial.

Because Apple is offering users a three month free trial, the tech titan books no revenue during that period. If Apple receives no revenue, it has nothing to split with the labels. While Universal, Warner and Sony might be able to afford giving away their product for free for 12 weeks, the independent labels are usually smaller companies that can't afford to give songs away even if it means a decent pay day in the future.

With indie labels upset that Apple is essentially asking them to help cover its cost of running a three month free trial, Apple could go into the launch of Apple Music hamstrung in its ability to play tunes from developing artists. In addition, some well known singers such as Adele are still signed to an indie label. Andy Heath, the chairman of lobby group UK Music, says that such a deal could put smaller players out of business.

With less than two weeks until Apple Music goes live, it might behoove Apple to dip into its cash holdings and pay these smaller labels for playing their Artists' tunes. In the event that nothing is worked out in such a small window of opportunity, those looking for the edgy sounds found on independent labels will probably have to subscribe elsewhere.

source: Fortune via SlashGear



1. Wiencon

Posts: 2278; Member since: Aug 06, 2014

Give this 8.4 already, I can't wait for new music app (although current + jailbreak is most complete audio player on mobile devices)

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2. RajRicardo

Posts: 502; Member since: Feb 28, 2014

iOS. No one makes money except Apple.

3. Wiencon

Posts: 2278; Member since: Aug 06, 2014

And except developers, accesories makers and basically everyone. Apple screw its customers, but iOS is the environment that furthers anyone who wants to earn money.

4. AlikMalix unregistered

I'm trying to be non-biased, you want to explain how Android customers make money just by owning an Android phone? Apple does not "screw" its customers, people buy what they want - I find iOS to be much much more pleasant to use - overall the phones perform extremely well for 2-3 years. Customer service and support is top notch, and ecosystem is best. Some buy devices based on specs and what they put in it, others buy based on what they get out of it... There's much much more than "SPECS" to an experience...

7. Wiencon

Posts: 2278; Member since: Aug 06, 2014

Hey, I completely agree with You, I love iOS feel, with jailbreak it's best OS for me, I own iPad, iPhone and MacBook and I'm very satisfied with them, but by "screwing" I mean pricing, I know specs aren't everything, but when I pay 999$ for laptop it'd be nice if I could play some more advanced games than CS (I don't buy PC for gaming, but it's nice addition). And I don't like paying 50$ more for additional 32GB of storage when I can buy SD for 10$. I know Apple isn't alone in it, but it's really unfair. And blocking unofficial accesories - really, this is something Cook should be emasculated for, I know they want to earn money, but 30$ for lightnig to USB adapter? Really? When I can buy unofficial that has the same internals and costs 6x times less. Thank God, there is jailbreak so I can tell FU to greedy Cook.

8. Wiencon

Posts: 2278; Member since: Aug 06, 2014

Damn, I've read my post again and I realised how much my english sucks :/

9. AlikMalix unregistered

Nah bro, your English is great.

12. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

30% return rate on all iphone since the 5C.. ( at least in Canada ) and in the first year ( various issues ) More pleasure to use ( its a question of point of view and i respect yours but for me it is not more pleasant to use ) PPL buy what they want Yeah but Marketing make ppl beleive false thing and Apple Marketing is a monster :) I fully agree with you.with the last sentence. I love what i get out of Android ( i keep all my purchase no matter what brand i change to , I can modify my phone as i feel like it , I dont pay too much for the same thing ppl have in iphone. and finally because i like having choice and with Apple you dont have much choice ) Finally i dont care about spec i am currently using a Sonim XP7 thats my cellshop i work for provide and personally i use an HTC M9 wich is spec wise far from the best lol but both those phone give me amazing user experience and function i need.

6. BobbyBuster

Posts: 854; Member since: Jan 13, 2015

Yet 93% of all profits go to Apple.

5. vivaapple

Posts: 31; Member since: Jun 02, 2015

Shut up and take my money-- from the enlighten one and not a blind man. Back off insecure people

10. DRavago

Posts: 15; Member since: Oct 11, 2013

Indie lables are a HUGE deal when I look for something new to listen to or check out. Tons of artists I love now are on smaller lables and thats part of why I love Google Play Unlimited, including all the big and TONS of smaller names. It's very important especially considering the playlist features

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