Despite iTunes Accord, Music Labels Still Fret
Posted in: Online TV/Music at 03/02/2009 14:44
Last month the music industry and Apple, long uneasy partners, seemed a picture of harmony when they agreed on new terms for pricing on iTunes, Apple's online music store.
Behind the scenes, however, the relationship remains as tense and antagonistic as ever.
The announcement on Jan. 6 seemed to signal a rapprochement between the music industry and its biggest distributor: record companies gave up their demand for copyright protection (called digital rights management) and Apple allowed flexible pricing, so the labels could charge more for new or popular tracks.