“After launching in a blaze of publicity last year, the Australian arm of Apple’s iTunes store has finally agreed to sell the music of major-label behemoth Sony BMG,” Andrew Murfett reports for The Age. “The move further solidifies the music industry’s embracing of the digital world. The agreement ends a long-running dispute between Sony and Apple that has affected the Australian and Japanese versions of the world’s most popular music download store. It also means that the 1 million-plus Australian iPod owners can now legally download the music of some of the biggest names in pop.”
Murfett reports, “Sony BMG Australia’s general manager of business strategy and human resources, Emmanuel Candi, says the deal was settled at the company’s New York offices late last week. He also confirmed that local artists were incensed that their music was unavailable. ‘It’s fair to say a number of artists were keen to see iTunes being able to stock our release.’ Rob Small, a spokesman for Apple Australia, says his company was ‘delighted to have them on board.'”
Murfett reports, “A sticking point between the two parties was Sony’s concerns over the structure of the site’s pricing. iTunes charges just one price, $1.69, for all individual tracks.”
Full article here.
Note that Sony BMG songs on Apple Australian iTunes Music Store are AUS$1.69 which tells us that Sony BMG caved completely and needs Apple far more than Apple needs them.
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