The Entire Music Publishing Industry Is Peeved At Sony For Delaying iRadio

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How much should Apple have to pay Sony if they use a song on iRadio, but a listener hates it so much that they immediately skip to the next track? A common sense answer would be ‘nothing’ but in the high stakes world of music industry legal mumbo jumbo, common sense doesn’t apply… and Apple and Sony Music’s disagreement over the matter might delay iRadio from launching with iOS 7.

A new report by CNet says that Apple is struggling to come to an agreement with Sony over how much it should pay for songs that iRadio listeners have skipped through with only a small part of the track played. Obviously, Sony thinks that the amount should be on the higher end of the scale.

Obviously, Sony’s reticence to agree to Apple’s terms is pissing Cupertino off, but it’s also pissing off the other giants of the music publishing industry, like Universal Music and Warner Music Group. They’ve already signed up for iRadio on the dotted line, and they are super psyched to get iRadio out the door.

Small wonder. iRadio solves a major discoverability problem for music on iTunes. Once iRadio launches, every iOS device will have a Pandora-like service on it that will not only clue them in to new music based upon their tastes, but which will sell them that track or album with just a single tap. That makes iRadio a potentially much more lucrative opportunity for the music industry than something like Google Play Music All Access: iTunes downloads pay far richer royalties than the ephemeralness of pure streaming. Sony could be shooting itself in the foot here.

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  • murdocke

    They’ll cave, They’re just playing hardball.

  • RobGcf

    I hate Sony. It’s crap like this, plus the way they removed “Other OS” from the PS3 (among other things) that have caused me to boycott them. I won’t have a PS4 or any other Sony device again, ever.

  • alexblack161

    Everyone hates Sony the only reason she exists is lobbing and PS.
    I think sony as the most hated brand on the net…

  • alexblack161

    The best apple can make is to sing an agreement with them but then narrow them on the results and after the first skip no sony track in your “station” until you come back or it already in your lists or you have play this before… with some other matching filters… so then Sony not only loses money from listening but and from potential buy… or also (impossible apple never will sacrifice experience) give options for “skipping only or not” songs and if you get in an sony track you have to hear all of this stating that this is sony’s problem and not apple…
    Its the same thing with movies available on cloud….

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