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January 19, 2006

Sony Gives In

According to a story in the Melbourne Age, Sony has finally buckled under pressure and will now allow Sony artists to have their music in the iTunes store DownUnder (and in Japan). Previously Sony would not allow this...

Apple and Sony finally see i to i
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.
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.
Sony BMG is home to best-selling locals Pete Murray, Delta Goodrem, Natalie Imbruglia, John Farnham and Australian Idol contestants. Overseas talent on the label includes the Foo Fighters, Bruce Springsteen, Santana, Britney Spears, Oasis, Kelly Clarkson, the Strokes, and Christina Aguilera. The label's artists hold 30 per cent of ARIA's Top 20 albums this week.

I wonder how much of this concession was due to the threat by several popular musicians to switch stables...

Posted by Ozguru at January 19, 2006 05:30 AM

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