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Sony in talks with Apple to offer songs on Japan iTMS

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By LC Angell

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Published: Tuesday, September 6, 2005
News Categories: iTunes

Sony said yesterday that it is in talks with Apple to offer its music on the Japanese iTunes Music Store. “We are negotiating with Apple over the download business and hope to expand our customer base to iPod users,” said Yasuhi Ide, a spokesman for Sony Music Entertainment (Japan).

As previously reported, the iTunes Music Store launched in Japan last month without some local record labels, including Sony. “We simply want iPod users to listen to our music,” Ide said, adding that the deal could bring more than 25,000 songs by the company’s Japanese artists to iPod users.

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In other words, Sony said “we were greedy and you called our hand, now please let us in!”.

Posted by m. sherman on September 6, 2005 at 12:13 PM (PDT)

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