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Wednesday, June 16, 2004

European indie labels refuse to sign a deal with Apple to distribute via iTunes. Why?

"...The labels have accused Apple of misusing its position as the dominant online music provider to squeeze unacceptable terms from smaller record labels."

Look, indie labels are no lambs to the slaughter here - they do quite well in Europe. But Apple's approach to negotiating gives the game away - my guess is it simply replicated the terms it gave American indie labels, not understanding the very different dynamics of the European market. And this is very nice evidence that iTunes is the same old music industry with a prettier face.

-- umair // 11:26 AM // 0 comments


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