Apple in talks with music labels on iTunes music subscription service

“Apple is talking with the major record labels about a subscription music service that would give customers unlimited access to songs for a monthly fee, sources told The Post,” Claire Atkinson reports for The New York Post.

“One source said the service could have tiered pricing ranging from $10 to $15, although there are issues to be ironed out, including how much music would be included in each tier and how long consumers would be able to access that content,” Atkinson reports. “One top music exec said the labels are supportive of the idea and believe it could re-energize digital music sales. While album downloads have been on the rise, single track sales were flat in the first half of 2010 compared to the previous year.”

MacDailyNews Take: Gee, wonder why?
After music labels’ greedy track price hike from 99-cents to $1.29, U.S. digital song sales drop – April 09, 2010
Tracks that music cartel hiked to $1.29 on Apple’s iTunes Store show chart declines – April 10, 2009
Amazon follows Apple to $1.29 music tracks – April 08, 2009
Hit tracks to cost $1.29 at Apple’s iTunes Store starting April 7 – March 27, 2009

Atkinson continues, “Speculation that Apple would introduce a subscription service has been kicking around for years but the news that music service Spotify will be part of Microsoft’s Windows Phone 7 release on Oct. 11 revived industry chatter.

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60 Comments

  1. I don’t want to subscribe to my music! I want to own my music. This doesn’t seem like something Apple would do. Didn’t Apple say in the beginning of the iTunes Store that people don’t want to subscribe to or rent their music?

  2. I don’t want to subscribe to my music! I want to own my music. This doesn’t seem like something Apple would do. Didn’t Apple say in the beginning of the iTunes Store that people don’t want to subscribe to or rent their music?

  3. Didn’t Steve say people want to buy their music, not rent? I haven’t downloaded more than a few songs since the price was increased-my little corner of the soap box.

  4. Didn’t Steve say people want to buy their music, not rent? I haven’t downloaded more than a few songs since the price was increased-my little corner of the soap box.

  5. Music subscriptions just add a layer of abstraction between the buyer and the artist. How are the correct artist ever going to see the money from this scheme?

    It’s like how Satellite and Cable compares force you to pay for channels you don’t want. The wrong things get funded using money that was never intended for those purposes.

    It “makes” me mad.

  6. Music subscriptions just add a layer of abstraction between the buyer and the artist. How are the correct artist ever going to see the money from this scheme?

    It’s like how Satellite and Cable compares force you to pay for channels you don’t want. The wrong things get funded using money that was never intended for those purposes.

    It “makes” me mad.

  7. Steve said a lot of things. So what? When are you folks going to learn that he doesn’t give a shit about a perceived lack of consistency in his statements? Things change, the ground shifts under you. You either adapt or get left behind while another company capitalizes.

    Maybe five or six years ago when the landscape was different, those were his thoughts. But guess what? A whole lot of shit has happened since then, like selling tens of millions of phones with 3G (and soon 4G) connections that can provide a streaming cloud music experience which would make subscriptions more attractive.

  8. Steve said a lot of things. So what? When are you folks going to learn that he doesn’t give a shit about a perceived lack of consistency in his statements? Things change, the ground shifts under you. You either adapt or get left behind while another company capitalizes.

    Maybe five or six years ago when the landscape was different, those were his thoughts. But guess what? A whole lot of shit has happened since then, like selling tens of millions of phones with 3G (and soon 4G) connections that can provide a streaming cloud music experience which would make subscriptions more attractive.

  9. I tell you what, $0.99 DRM free tracks for purchase, and discounted complete albums or partial albums – buy 5 get one free, buy 10 get two free might work. $1.29 = a 29% charge over the original cost – or the desire of the cartels to push the album price back up to $12.99 instead of $9.99.

    I’d rather purchase CD’s again or buy elsewhere than pay for a subscription.

  10. I tell you what, $0.99 DRM free tracks for purchase, and discounted complete albums or partial albums – buy 5 get one free, buy 10 get two free might work. $1.29 = a 29% charge over the original cost – or the desire of the cartels to push the album price back up to $12.99 instead of $9.99.

    I’d rather purchase CD’s again or buy elsewhere than pay for a subscription.

  11. Bring back Lala, jerkoffs! I love making money as an Apple investor but as a user, that is one thing that really ticked me off. Let me pay a dime for unlimited streaming, without clogging up my hard drive! And let me do it over mobile too! I spent more on unlimited-streaming licenses at ten cents per track during six months of Lala membership than I have for overpriced MP3 downloads over the last five years combined. And was waaay happier about it! Let’s face it, if you have to download, bittorrent is just as convenient… Whereas Lala let you explore tracks w/ instant streaming at 10 cents a pop. Bring it back! Jerkoffs buy and kill a good thing like that to eliminate competition, good people buy it and improve it and make it more popular. Which is Apple? Time is getting late to show us they’re the latter.

  12. Bring back Lala, jerkoffs! I love making money as an Apple investor but as a user, that is one thing that really ticked me off. Let me pay a dime for unlimited streaming, without clogging up my hard drive! And let me do it over mobile too! I spent more on unlimited-streaming licenses at ten cents per track during six months of Lala membership than I have for overpriced MP3 downloads over the last five years combined. And was waaay happier about it! Let’s face it, if you have to download, bittorrent is just as convenient… Whereas Lala let you explore tracks w/ instant streaming at 10 cents a pop. Bring it back! Jerkoffs buy and kill a good thing like that to eliminate competition, good people buy it and improve it and make it more popular. Which is Apple? Time is getting late to show us they’re the latter.

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