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Submission + - Apple Music and the terrible return of DRM (

An anonymous reader writes: Apple's rumored music streaming service looks set to materialize soon, and a lot of people are talking about how good it might be. But Nilay Patel is looking at the other side — if the service fits with Apple's typical mode of operation, it'll only work with other Apple products. "That means I'll have yet a fourth music service in my life (Spotify, Google Play Music, Prime, and Apple Music) and a fourth set of content exclusives and pricing windows to think about instead of just listening to music." He points out Steve Jobs's 2007 essay on the state of digital music and notes that Jobs seemed to feel DRM was a waste of time — something forced on Apple by the labels. "But it's no longer the labels pushing DRM on the music services; it's the services themselves, because locking you into a single ecosystem guarantees you'll keep paying their monthly subscription fees and hopefully buy into the rest of their ecosystem. ... Apple Music might be available on Android, but it probably won't be as good, because Apple wants you to buy an iPhone. ... There's just lock-in, endless lock-in. Is this what we wanted?"
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Submission + - Apple Reponds to NBC Leaving iTunes

amagine writes: "Apple has released an official press release with reference to NBC leaving iTunes. iTunes Store To Stop Selling NBC Television Shows

"We are disappointed to see NBC leave iTunes because we would not agree to their dramatic price increase... We hope they will change their minds and offer their TV shows to the tens of millions of iTunes customers." Eddy Cue, Apple's vice president of iTunes commenting on NBC's conditions to renew it's iTunes agreement

Apparently NBC has demanded an increase in the wholesale price of each episode by twice the current amount. Such an increase would have meant a substantial inflation of prices per episode for the iTunes consumer. NBC's current agreement runs out in December of this year. Time will tell if this is merely saber rattling or if NBC will find another medium for selling its episodes as lucrative as iTunes and spur other TV Networks to take similar actions.

NBC currently accounts for 30% of iTunes TV Show sales."

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