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Apple denies Universal iTunes pull-out

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By Charles Starrett

Contributing Editor
Published: Tuesday, July 3, 2007
News Categories: iTunes

Apple has denied reports that the Universal Music Group does not plan on renewing its contract to sell songs on the iTunes Store. “We are still negotiating with Universal,” Apple spokesman Tom Neumayr said. “Their music is still on iTunes and their not re-signing is just not true.” According to earlier reports, Universal had informed Apple that they would not be renewing their contract, instead choosing to license its music to iTunes at will — allowing the world’s biggest music corporation to leave the service should they chose to do so. Universal has declined to comment.

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1

I Don’ think Universal would be stupid enough to do that.

Posted by Dee on July 3, 2007 at 7:14 AM (PDT)

2

Its “contract” not “contact”

Posted by speller on July 3, 2007 at 7:24 AM (PDT)

3

@speller:  it’s “it’s” not “its”

Posted by speller2 on July 3, 2007 at 7:24 AM (PDT)

4

^ HA! ^

Posted by burnonyou on July 3, 2007 at 10:01 AM (PDT)

5

There’s no way Apple will let Universal pull their music. Apple is good at negotiations, they will come up to an agreement somehow (hopefully).

Posted by doompod on July 3, 2007 at 4:10 PM (PDT)

6

Uh, doom… I think it’s more likely that there’s no way Universal will let Universal pull their music.  Apple is the #3 music seller in the U.S. and a primary source of buzz.  They’re posturing, but being on iTunes matters more to Universal than having Universal matters to Apple.

Besides, if you’re worried, go buy that Universal music today.  wink

Posted by TechnoCat on July 3, 2007 at 7:44 PM (PDT)

7

Who cares if Universal pulls their music, just greedy blood suckers. We should all do this, buy Universal music on iTunes if they offer DRM free high bit rate versions, or serve them better, just torrent it for free.

Posted by nobrains on July 5, 2007 at 2:18 AM (PDT)

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