quote: I think you have it the wrong way round. Labels, and other content providers, fear the dominance of Apple and the iTunes store (the biggest music retailer in the market) and hence offer less encumbered deals to alternative but smaller music retailers such as Amazon as a way to undermine the dominance of iTunes.
quote: Let's not paint 'facts' as facts, until we have checked on those 'facts' ok?
quote: Amazon MP3 is an online music store owned and operated by Amazon.com. Launched in public beta on September 25, 2007, in January 2008 it became the first music store to sell music without digital rights management (DRM) from the four major music labels (EMI, Universal, Warner Music, and Sony BMG), as well as many independents.
quote: Nobody is talking about who was the first to sell DRM-free from all the major labels ( that WAS Amazon )
quote: but who was the first to sell anything DRM-free and therefore pioneered the system ( that WAS Apple )
quote: Apple® today announced that EMI Music’s entire digital catalog
quote: Amazon MP3 is an online music store owned and operated by Amazon.com. Launched in public beta on September 25, 2007 , in January 2008 it became the first music store to sell music without digital rights management (DRM) from the four major music labels (EMI, Universal, Warner Music, and Sony BMG), as well as many independents.
quote: SAN FRANCISCO— January 6, 2009 —Apple® today announced several changes to the iTunes® Store (www.itunes.com). Beginning today, all four major music labels—Universal Music Group, Sony BMG, Warner Music Group and EMI, along with thousands of independent labels, are now offering their music in iTunes Plus , Apple’s DRM-free format with higher-quality 256 kbps AAC encoding for audio quality virtually indistinguishable from the original recordings. iTunes customers can also choose to download their favorite songs from the world’s largest music catalog directly onto their iPhone™ 3G over their 3G network just as they do with Wi-Fi today, for the same price as downloading to their computer. And beginning in April, based on what the music labels charge Apple, songs on iTunes will be available at one of three price points: 69 cents, 99 cents and $1.29, with most albums still priced at $9.99.
quote: Apple were the first to sell DRM-free music.
quote: Cheesedick is spouting.
quote: Apple wants people locked into their platform. DRM is their everything.
quote: Mac (a bigger business than the whole of Microsoft's Windows business)
quote: They only wanted DRM-free music because Amazon had it.
quote: Edgar Bronfman, Jr., the Warner Music Group chairman, told Goldman Sachs investors in New York last week he was considering removing DRM from Warner's music downloads -- this just months after suggesting Warner would never abandon DRM. He blamed Apple for the apparent change of heart.
quote: Please give me anything other than the crappy UI and features provided by Comcast UI.
quote: The only way Apple can convince Cable providers...is to buy them