Record company causes Apple to hit ‘pause’ on Australian iTunes Music Store

“An agreement with one major record company stands between Australian iPod users and their Holy Grail – the long-awaited Apple iTunes Music Store,” Jennifer Dudley reports for The Courier-Mail. “A source said yesterday Apple had planned to launch an Australian version of its popular online music store last Thursday, as widely touted, but the launch was thwarted by one unnamed major record company that refused to sign an agreement in time.”

“The hurdle reportedly forced Apple to cancel radio advertisements ordered for the date, and it is expected to delay iTunes’s launch by days, or possibly weeks, as song and album prices and payments are negotiated with the holdout label,” Dudley reports. “Even though the Australian iTunes Music Store was not officially launched last week, some Internet users were able to access the work-in-progress, some even buying songs before their accounts were suspended. Visitors reported that individual songs cost $1.69, and the price of albums varied from $11.35… to the maximum price of $16.99.”

Full article here.

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16 Comments

  1. I’d been expecting this. Record have been taking their pound of flesh from musicians and music lovers for years

    As a former legal representative for musicans this story might give an insight into what the companies are like.

    One musician was between gigs and was offered a studio gig. So he thought why not, it would be easy money.

    According to the Award (the industry wide union contract) he was supposed to be paid within fourteen days of the performance, but the cheque didn’t arrive.

    I was then called in and the company (Sony Records Australia) and was politely told by the relevant manager’s secretary that they had a practice of paying after a period of five weeks. I was then told that if the musician insisted on the legal payment schedule he’d never get any work from the company again.

    I then contacted the musician and he said: “Look I’m a live musician you’re the union so screw them.” So I did!!

    I next sent a letter of demand threatening legal action and then the money was paid.

    Itunes Australia will happen, and it will be worth waiting for, we just have to be patient. But let me also assure you all that as a former Australian musician, venue representative, and union legal advocate the industry is as hard as nails.

    I guess that may be one reason why A’stralia churns out so many international acts…by the time they hit the international market they’re c.25 years old and industry veterans.

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