All Things Digital took an even deeper look into Apple’s negotiations with music labels, for their upcoming, much rumored, cloud-based music service. Reportedly, Apple took on the music labels first, believing they would be the most difficult to come to agreement with. After that, Apple would then have to come to agreements with music publishers. […]
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With Nearly All Major Music Labels Signed On, Apple Will Still Need Music Publishers Permission Before Launching Cloud-Based Music Service

CloudComputing-150x150.jpgAll Things Digital took an even deeper look into Apple’s negotiations with music labels, for their upcoming, much rumored, cloud-based music service. Reportedly, Apple took on the music labels first, believing they would be the most difficult to come to agreement with. After that, Apple would then have to come to agreements with music publishers.

The report goes on to note that labels and publishers receive different levels of earnings of digital music sales. More often than not, most music labels have a publishing subsidiary. However, they can sometime be under different companies.

Lastly, the report notes that Apple is still mostly focused on hammering out a deal with Universal, which appears to be imminent, and then they will shift their attention to music publishers. The reason for such late negotiations, is that it is understood Apple and the publishers are already at an understanding, and will only need minor negotiations before the service goes live.

That leads us to launch timeframe. Many are expecting Apple to have deals in place with the four major music labels by this year’s World Wide Developers Conference, which is slated for June 6th-10th. Whether Apple launches the service, or simply introduces it then, will be a matter of whether they have the music publishers on board.

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