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Report: iTunes in the Cloud not coming to UK this year

Apple won’t be launching its iTunes in the Cloud service in the UK until 2012, according to a new report. Citing a spokesman for the Performing Right Society, a group that ensures composers, songwriters, and publishers are paid for their work, the Telegraph reports that talks between Apple and UK-based labels are in their early stages. “The licensing team at the PRS have started talks with Apple, but are a long way off from any deals being signed,” the spokesman said. “It is very much the early stages of the negotiations and is similar to the launch of iTunes – which began in the US and took a while to roll out to other countries.” An executive from one of the major record labels echoed the sentiment, saying, “Tentative talks have begun between the major labels and Apple in the UK. However, all talks are at the really early stages and no one expects to see the cloud music service live on this side of the pond until 2012.” Apple has yet to announce any expected rollout dates for its iTunes in the Cloud service, or any other part of its iCloud service, outside the U.S. [via MDN]

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1

These negotiations take so long because all these labels start off with “Well, our music is the most valuable in the world, so we want a zillion dollars, or 99.9% of all your revenue, in perpetuity, whichever is greater” and it takes forever to whittle them down to just an obscene number.

Posted by dave on June 10, 2011 at 12:50 AM (CDT)

2

The App Store on iOS 4.3 now allows you to retrieve apps previously purchased from the iCloud.

Click on the updates tab on the bottom menu and at the top of the screen a new banner called ‘purchased’ Click on this and you have two options on how to view your apps. Click on the iCloud icon next to the app you want to download to your iOS device.

This is available now in the UK

Posted by cslbp on June 10, 2011 at 5:00 AM (CDT)

3

The uk record industry once again falling behind the rest off the world.when will these greedy parasites understand if they made there music cheaper to buy download music there would be no reason for piracy.
As usual we will all have to wait for a service I believe will be excellent until these middlemen make there millions,not the artists.

Posted by Dingdangdoo on June 10, 2011 at 6:02 AM (CDT)

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Why are the PRS involved? UK businesses where music is played (e.g. bars, restaurants, factories, offices, shops) pay them a fee to ensure artists are paid when their work reaches an audience. The PRS also collect a fee from Radio & TV to allow them to broadcast music. The PRS do not, however, ask individuals for payments every time they play a song on their phone or whatever device they have in their home.

Strictly speaking if a song streams (like Spotify etc) it is a form of broadcast, whereas if the user’s own music/file is downloaded to their own device the PRS can have no claim to be paid by anyone unless that song is then played to an audience.

Posted by StephenR on June 14, 2011 at 8:03 AM (CDT)

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The problem is that the music industry feels that they do have a right to be paid for re-downloads.  The RIAA (and MPAA for movies) in the U.S. have been making the claim for years that a re-download of a digital media file is the same as the repurchase of a CD—if you lose a CD you can’t go back to the music store and simply have them give you another one; ergo if you lose (or want another copy) of a digital media file, you should be required to repurchase it in the same manner.

Obviously I disagree and it’s clear they don’t “get it” but this has been the luddite approach they’ve been maintaining for years. Likewise, in discussing the idea of making and using copies of CDs to protect the originals, an RIAA executive once made the statement that a user is no more entitled to backup copy of a CD than they are to a backup copy of their lawnmower, and that they are expected to use only the original, and if it breaks, buy a new one as they would for any other physical product.

Posted by Jesse Hollington in Toronto on June 15, 2011 at 2:56 PM (CDT)

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