Music Labels Downplay Imminent Launch of New Apple Music Service

Discussion in ' News Discussion' started by MacRumors, Oct 25, 2012.

  1. macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    In September, The Wall Street Journal reported that Apple was in licensing negotiations with record labels to create a Pandora-like music service. The next day, the New York Post reported that talks were hung up over licensing fees.

    Earlier today, it was Bloomberg breaking the story. The wire service reported the music service would launch in the first quarter of next year, and, just like last time, anonymous record company executives are pouring water on the deal, saying record companies still want Apple to improve its offer. This time, CNET has the story:
    It seems likely that these negotiations are playing themselves out in the press, as well as behind boardroom doors.

    Article Link: Music Labels Downplay Imminent Launch of New Apple Music Service
  2. Gen
    macrumors 6502a


    Jul 15, 2008
  3. macrumors regular

    Jun 23, 2010
  4. macrumors regular

    Jun 27, 2008

    Move on Apple... This will be another PING cr@p...
  5. macrumors member


    Aug 22, 2012
    Apple you have gotta be kidding me! Where the hell is iTunes 11? I wouldn't cared so much if the "Coming in October" teaser was not there on the iTunes website.
  6. macrumors 6502


    Jul 31, 2009
    maybe fix the itunes match im paying for, first...
  7. macrumors Pentium

    Jun 22, 2009
    Shocker - they want a lower rate.

    Also note - the comment about giving a % of revenue on Ads.

    Since iAds is a relative failure - they only hope Apple has of staying in the ad game is to have a radio like service. And guess what. Those that don't like Google because they believe Google makes you a product for their advertisers - this will be exactly how Apple operates with their music service.

    I'm not against it by any stretch. I don't believe Google is evil for their business model. And I think an Apple branded streaming radio service would be great. Unless it's tied to iTunes :)
  8. macrumors 68020

    Mar 23, 2006
    “With sales of music downloads slowing, Apple and record companies are seeking new ways for customers to discover and buy digital music.”

    How about they start selling lossless music instead which is really what a lot of people want. If they can sell SD and HD movies and tv shows they can sell crappy compressed music AND CD quality lossless tracks. Or better still how about leapfrogging the CD and start selling HD music in glorious 24bit. Some of us have the expensive kit and speakers to notice the difference. The feeble Mastered for iTunes has been a total flop - give us the real thing instead.

    Kids don't download iTunes music anymore - they just get a Spotify subscription for £5/month instead and adults like me continue to buy CDs because we prefer lossless music. Apple need to wake up and smell the coffee on this one.

    Who needs another internet radio service? There are already plenty to choose from and iTunes already has radio stations.

    PS I agree - when is iTunes 11 coming out for heavens sake. Does "late Oct" mean the 31st? They should have given an update at this weeks media event. I strongly suspect a "delay" announcement coming soon.
  9. macrumors 68000


    Jul 30, 2011
  10. macrumors regular

    Sep 16, 2012
    I would feel exactly the same way except it's not the 1st of November yet so…
  11. macrumors 604


    Mar 26, 2008
    record labels tz ... they still believe the youth can be brought back to physical cds, how naive

    welcome to october 2012 ... oh and where is iTunes 11? :p
  12. macrumors 601


    Jan 6, 2004
    Western US
    Haha, I read that last line initially as "behind bedroom doors". What!?
  13. macrumors 6502a

    Jun 19, 2009
    United States
    Is Pandora headed for bankruptcy? Their stock down 12%. :rolleyes:
  14. macrumors G3


    Jun 12, 2012
    I think the exact opposite. It will be so wildly successful. If it was similar to spotify, it would be great....especially being integrated into IOS.
  15. macrumors 6502a

    Oct 30, 2011
    So, basically, Apple wants to be a radio station.
  16. thefourthpope, Oct 25, 2012
    Last edited: Oct 25, 2012

    macrumors 6502a


    Sep 8, 2007
    Tired and unwilling to follow the OP link. I love Pandora One (the pay version) especially paired with PandoraJam (record pandora radio to your computer). If this goes through (I kind of hope it doesn't) I'd just like similar options.
  17. macrumors regular

    Jun 17, 2011
    Of course they down play it. Why would they cave to Apple's demands when the already have Pandora paying a HIGHER rate and having limits put on them.

    If Pandora was exclusive to Android or not available on iOS at all, Apple might be in a position to bargain. But its on both and found on various other devices too.
  18. macrumors 68040


    Apr 18, 2011
    I did try the article's link. And I had to go through another MR article link to get to the quoted article. Not professional to quote yourself in an article.

    Anyways back on topic. I believe the music labels hold the card here and Apple has to get them to play ball.
  19. macrumors regular

    Aug 10, 2012
    All these "Itunes 11!" people are starting to sound like the "We want new iMac news!" people of last week.
  20. macrumors 603


    Apr 21, 2003
    Thing is, most people don't care.. and the current quality is good enough. A vast majority wouldn't know what lossless is in the first place and would be surprised that the current format isn't the best quality - and couldn't tell the difference between iTunes music and a CD. Remember, Apple cater towards the low end of the 'average' user... not people like you, who obviously are aware of lossless and audio quality.
  21. macrumors 6502

    Mar 27, 2003
    San Francisco
    Genius Radio?

    And to the music industry execs, that's cool bro. Keep limiting my options, I am sure there is a torrent file somewhere...
  22. macrumors 65816


    May 20, 2011
    Apple isn't late with iTunes 11. Still have a few days to go.
  23. macrumors regular


    Sep 16, 2012
  24. macrumors demi-god


    Feb 26, 2011
    New England, USA
    On MANY threads, the repititious question "where is iTunes 11" is repeated ad nauseam.

    I appreciate that many are very interested in iTunes 11, but continually asking the question will not hasten the appearance of the software upgrade.

    Folks, it will come when it comes...
  25. macrumors member

    Dec 14, 2011
    Dublin, Ireland.
    If this is true, I hope Apple won't take long rolling the service out to us Irish people. We don't have Pandora, Rdio or Spotify so having a service like this that integrates well with the Mac and iOS devices would be really awesome.

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