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Music labels want iTunes subscription service

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By LC Angell

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Published: Friday, April 13, 2007
News Categories: iTunes

The four major record labels are expected to ask Apple to launch an iTunes music subscription service during negotiations to renew their resale agreements with Apple. The discussions will reportedly begin next week when Universal Music, the largest record company, meets with Apple. Marketwatch reports: “Executives at Universal and other labels believe a subscription service could prove more lucrative for them than iTunes’ prevailing model of charging consumers 99 cents per track because it would increase consumption of music. It would also entitle the labels to a share of monthly payments, in addition to small licensing fees each time their songs are played.”

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41

Code Monkey, now you’re just being silly.

Your *argument* doesn’t make any “*SENSE*” to me.

Music subscription services blow. End of story.

Why would I want to rent my music? When the subscription service decides to raise the rates or go out of business then basically I’m forced to either to spend MORE money or LOSE all that music that I have already invested in.

What if I lose my job and can’t pay for the subscription? At least with purchased music I can still listen to it.

The CD I paid 14 bucks for in 1998 has only ever cost me 14 bucks, and will still be there in 10 more years time.

It’s not still costing me any more money every day that goes by and isn’t in danger of instantly disappearing because the music company that controlled it’s initial release could go out of business or the contract between record companies becomes void (therefore the music unavailable) because some suits can’t come to a renewal agreement?

Pure silliness. But, hey, listen, you go right ahead, it’s your money/life. Go for it. God bless ya.

Posted by Fink on April 17, 2007 at 8:27 AM (PDT)

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Ok you are getting what you paying for. BTW even with subscription service you are still enable to buy whichever tracks(99cent) and albums(9.99) you likes. So you still have advantage(with subscription service)to listen first and then buy. Otherwise 30sec preview sometimes doesn’t work and you fill your ipod and playlist with lots of music you actualy don’t like to listen over and over again. I think it’s better if buy (albums) to the store and then rip in fav format and bitrate. Not to mention itune force the consumers with DRM tech to burn sertern number of times there tracks on CDs. So what’s the difference between buy only from itune(you can’t burn your tracks on cds after number of times) and subscriptions services.

Posted by shehzad on April 17, 2007 at 11:11 AM (PDT)

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Fink you are absolutely right.
Renting music is idiotic.  Comparing renting music to watching TV shows from cable or renting movies is also idiotic.  People can listen to the same song for years or put it away for years only to find a new appreciation.  A song can be enjoyed while working out, driving, mowing the lawn, etc. over and over.  Only a toddler or complete lame ### would watch the same movie or tv show over and over.  Passive visual entertainment is nothing like music.  Everyone knows who Beethoven is but 300 years from now movies and TV will be a blip in history remembered as a product of the times like bards were in the middle ages.

Posted by Cogitator X on April 26, 2007 at 4:55 PM (PDT)

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