Sony Japan in crisis as iTunes-hungry artists rebel

Discussion in ' News Discussion' started by MacBytes, Aug 10, 2005.

  1. macrumors bot

    Jul 5, 2003
  2. macrumors 65816


    Oct 22, 2003
    Somewhere in the USA
    Very interesting story. The iTunes revolution has begun in Japan!

    Can't artists get sued though if they have a contract with Sony (or others) and start putting their music on iTunes?? :confused: It sounds like Motoharu Sano is in a special circumstance since Sony doesn't consider him a "Sony artist", but I assume others would have to either stick with Sony and stay off iTunes or find a way to end their contract.

    Maybe this will be a good bargaining position for Apple, that even the artists are revolting!
  3. macrumors 6502a

    Feb 24, 2005
    Pasadena, Ca
    Even though its an AP article its funny how MSN has it. :D
  4. macrumors 6502

    May 21, 2003
    Amsterdam, OH
    Time for Sony to wake up and realize that iTunes is the way to go.
  5. macrumors 68020


    Nov 8, 2003
    New Zealand
    Damn! that's good. Its like watching the school bully get thumped by all the guys he has been bullying :D :cool:
  6. macrumors 604


    Jan 20, 2005
    The music industry is still so draconian compared to the movie industry where actors are no longer bound by studio contracts. Apple might just be onto something here... yippee!
  7. macrumors Nehalem


    Feb 19, 2005
    I for one see this two ways. One, some of those artists are probably the same *******s who are supporting Sony and the RIAA when they want to sue teenagers and two, it is sweet to see Sony getting a dose of crap from the artists. I really do hope it all works out for the artists. Otherwise, Japan will find another way to download music from sony's artists.
  8. macrumors regular

    Feb 24, 2004
    Tuscaloosa, AL
    Well, I've personally long been sick of sony's megalomaniacal handling of intellectual property (the Atrac rigamaro is ridiculous). However, it may be a little early to call the situation a crisis (but Japanese news writing tends to sensationalize a bit).
    Nevertheless, I personally wait for the time to come when either the term applies, or sony gets its backside in gear and let's people actually use their music. (Don't forget, Sony was/is one of the main proponents of the CD copy protection.) grrr.
  9. macrumors member

    Jul 23, 2002
    The Japanese have only been downloading 450,000 a month from Sony versus 1 million in 4 days from Apple. If the artists rebel, it is clear who will blink first, because Apple does not "need" the Sony artists, but in a culture that worships the cutting edge, the Sony artists have a lot to loose if iTunes stays this hot.

    Of course Apple could just go for broke at this point and try to break the labels, but there is still that pesky Apple Records lawsuit out there. The labels realize that it is only a matter of time if they don't stop Apple soon, but this JiTunes situation will be a great testing ground to see if they simply get run over when they try to stop it. Of course the biggest leverage for the labels is not the new releases, but their old catalogs. That's why Apple will not do anything too rash and is simply willing to see how it all plays out.
  10. macrumors 68020


    Nov 8, 2003
    New Zealand
    Vodaphone NZ has started its online music service to provide download tracks for your mobile for $3.49 a track

    Still waiting for iTMS!!!!!!!!
  11. macrumors 601


    Jul 5, 2004
    3.49$US... 4.23$CAD per track? (I love that conversion widget!) :D

    So, let me get this straight... there's actually people paying 4.23$CAD for each downloaded song?! And I'm betting it stays stuck inside their phone too? Holy crap! :eek:

    Steve Jobs was more than on target when he said phone companies are nuts with their pricing schemes!

    As for Apple's Japanese iTMS vs Sony Music.... <Nelson>AH-AH!</Nelson>
  12. macrumors 6502a


    May 28, 2002
    Bay Area, CA
    Um, there are other dollars than the U.S.'s. Clearly, the service is based in New Zealand, and according to MY conversion widget (yes I love it too), that means it's 2.93$CAD, which is significantly less than the 4.23$CAD you thought it was, but still significantly higher than what iTunes charges.
  13. macrumors 6502a


    Aug 11, 2002
    Charlotte, NC
    But the point remains. The pricing is ridiulous.:D I must confess though. I paid $1.99 US for a ring tone.

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