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Apple pays out $163 million in ‘unmatched’ royalties for Apple Music


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These royalties are for historical payments to artists whose information was harder to find.
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Apple has paid out a massive $163,338,890 in “accrued historical unmatched royalties” for Apple Music. That’s more than any other streaming music service, including Spotify, which currently leads the overall global market share.

The Mechanical Licensing Collective received a total of $424.3 million in these historical royalties. Variety notes this means some songwriters and publishers will receive a big “windfall.”

Qualcomm: Apple is cutting off our iPhone royalties


The Qualcomm/Apple standoff is getting nasty!
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The battle between Apple and Qualcomm is intensifying, with Qualcomm claiming that Apple is set to stop making licensing payments related to the iPhone.

The result of this is that Qualcomm will have to revise its earnings forecasts to give a smaller number, due to Apple cutting off one of its major sources of revenue until the dispute is resolved.

Imagination in trouble as Apple slashes its royalty rate


Apple patches things up with mobile GPU maker Imagination
Imagination has confirmed that Apple will no longer use its graphics processing technology.
Photo: Apple

Not only is graphics chip designer Imagination Technologies getting kicked to the curb so Apple can bring its chipmaking technology in-house, but the company is also set to have its remaining royalty rate cut.

According to a new report, Apple is planning to pay Imagination just one-third of its current royalty rate as it winds down its supply deal with the British company over the next two years.