According to Reuters, it's the other way around. While they might be begging for an subscription service, Apple will be shoving them in 's footsteps, toward selling more music without DRM.that's going to be pressuring the for concessions as contract renewals take place over the next month, not
One unnamed record exec actually admits that "EMI struck a deal that puts all of us at a disadvantage." More interesting is the exec's subsequent nugget that "If goes, then everyone has to follow." Reuters hints that Universal is in fact contemplating a DRM-free partnership with...Amazon. The labels are clearly wary of the monster 100 million-selling /iTunes machine.
Given that Apple has the upper hand hereâ€”one that seems to be getting strongerâ€”and will probably be taking from the labels at the negotiating table rather than giving, why has "there has even been talk of [the labels]getting a cut of sales of iPods themselves"? It's never going to happen. Ever.
If "privately, executives accept that following EMI's move it is only a matter of time" why not go ahead and make the move and start chalking up more sales online now, rather than later? It would be in their best interest to take the initiative while they still wield a fair amount of bargaining powerâ€”Steve smells weakness, and if they crawl back later, he's going to take them for the ride of their lives.
Apple seen having upper hand in music negotiations [Reuters via Mac Rumors]