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Warner’s Bronfman praises Apple, iPhone

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By Charles Starrett

Contributing Editor
Published: Wednesday, November 14, 2007
News Categories: Apple

Speaking at the GMSA Mobile Asia Congress, Warner Music CEO Edgar Bronfman Jr. praised Apple’s efforts to build a seamless music and media purchasing experience through iTunes, as he warned mobile operators against making mistakes that have his own company facing hard times. “We used to fool ourselves,” he said. “We used to think our content was perfect just exactly as it was. We expected our business would remain blissfully unaffected even as the world of interactivity, constant connection and file sharing was exploding. And of course we were wrong. How were we wrong? By standing still or moving at a glacial pace, we inadvertently went to war with consumers by denying them what they wanted and could otherwise find and as a result of course, consumers won.”

Although previously critical of Apple and some of its policies, particularly Apple CEO Steve Jobs’ stance on DRM, Bronfman used Apple as an example of how to cater to consumers’ wants and desires. “For years now, Warner Music has been offering a choice to consumers at Apple’s iTunes store the option to purchase something more than just single tracks, which constitute the mainstay of that store’s sales,” he explained. “By packaging a full album into a bundle of music with ringtones, videos and other combinations and variation we found products that consumers demonstrably valued and were willing to purchase at premium prices. And guess what? We’ve sold tons of them. And with Apple’s co-operation to make discovering, accessing and purchasing these products even more seamless and intuitive, we’ll be offering many, many more of these products going forward.”

Speaking about Apple’s mobile efforts, Bronfman continued, “You need to look no further than Apple’s iPhone to see how fast brilliantly written software presented on a beautifully designed device with a spectacular user interface will throw all the accepted notions about pricing, billing platforms and brand loyalty right out the window. And let me remind you, the genesis of the iPhone is the iPod and iTunes - a music device and music service that consumers love.”

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Comments

1

Its funny how some record labels hate Steve Jobs/Apple/iTunes and some praise him.

IIRC, iPod is the best selling music device in the world. Better to have our music somewhere than nowhere.

Take that, record label CEOs. tongue laugh

Posted by Matt Dunn on November 14, 2007 at 8:43 AM (PDT)

2

And remember, iTunes is the #3 retailer of music, behind only Walmart and Amazon.  Target is #4

Posted by Scott on November 14, 2007 at 9:06 AM (PDT)

3

Make up your mind—is it “seemless” or “seamless”?

(Hint: you want to use an “a”.)

Posted by Tommy on November 14, 2007 at 9:38 AM (PDT)

4

HA! I have affected change!

Posted by Tommy on November 14, 2007 at 12:13 PM (PDT)

5

This speech was brought to you today by the PR department of Apple.  All thanks appreciated wink

Posted by Sir Alien in United Kingdom on November 14, 2007 at 2:17 PM (PDT)

6

actually, it was brought to you by Warner Music CEO Edgar Bronfman Jr.

Posted by jenna on November 14, 2007 at 2:35 PM (PDT)

7

The lips move but the words being spoken seem to be coming from Cupertino.

Posted by Sir Alien in United Kingdom on November 15, 2007 at 12:38 AM (PDT)

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