New York – Major record label EMI has held discussions with online retailers on potentially opening its entire catalog for sale in the unprotected MP3 format, The Wall Street Journal reported on Friday. Citing "numerous people familiar with the matter," The Journal said EMI asked retailers to submit proposals by Thursday, detailing what kind of advance payments they'd make for the rights to sell EMI songs as MP3s. The sources told The Journal that the proposals would weigh heavily [...]. one comment
West Hollywood, Calif. – IAC's Ticketmaster announced on Wednesday that it has partnered with Apple's iTunes Store, to offer free song downloads for ticket buyers, and early access to concert tickets for iTunes Store customers. Under the deal, consumers will receive a free song on iTunes for every concert ticket purchased on Ticketmaster.com. Additionally, customers who pre-order select digital albums on iTunes will be given access to purchase that artist's concert tickets before they go on sale to [...].
Steve Jobs asks for DRM free music, something the entire world has been asking for. If anything, Steve is a catalyst, but towards what? What should the music industry do? It should learn from the rise of Google, Youtube and even the disastrous SDMI to create a new world of music. Here is what I suggest:
1. Create an Itunes competitor that is a joint initiative open to all music companies and independent artists , supported by the Big 4 and [...].
A popular theme over the past two years at CES and conferences around the world has been the bashing of Steve Jobs. The Bashers and the discussion are always the same: Apple’s competitors say the current environment, where Digital Rights Management (DRM) and Apple’s FairPlay exist unchecked, is bad for competition, bad for the economy, and, most importantly, bad for the consumer.
Jobs’ surprising essay about his willingness to “embrace” [...].
In a manifesto-like document “Thoughts on Music” published on Apple’s website, Apple’s CEO and Co-Founder Steve Jobs addresses critical issues related to digital rights management (DRM) and the future of music. Apple has been notoriously opposed to open standards, but faced with increasing pressure from European nations and other market forces to open up or license its FairPlay DRM technology, Jobs has now done a 180 degree turnabout – well sort of.
Jobs says that he would get rid of digital [...].
Cupertino, Calif. – Apple Inc. on Monday announced that it has ended a long-running trademark dispute with Apple Corps, the Beatles' record label, over the use of the name "Apple".
Under the settlement deal, Apple Inc. receives full ownership of all the trademarks related to "Apple," and will license Apple Corps to continue to use the name as well.
Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed, although both sides agreed to pay their own legal costs.
The settlement [...].
New York – Disney has seen its films downloaded over 1.3 million times since placing some of them for sale on Apple's iTunes Store in October, chief executive Bob Iger said in an interview on FT.com, the website of the Financial Times.
Other studios have been reluctant to follow, as retailers including Target have expressed concerns about the effect on DVD sales.
"If we don't put our content on these platforms, which the consumer has obviously embraced, other entities will [...].