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Thread: Sony Wants Out of Apple's iTunes
02-11-2011, 10:52 AM #1
Sony Wants Out of Apple's iTunes
You know what they say about payback. Apparently, Sony's feelings are still hurt about Apple rejecting the Sony e-reader application from the App Store because it would have effectively bypassed Apple's system for buying content. As a result of Apple "cracking down" and "tightening control" even further than usual, Sony may now be gearing up to reject Apple - at least in terms of the music it currently makes available through iTunes.
SONY has signaled it may withdraw its artists from Apple's iTunes store and withhold its games from the iPhone in a sign the two companies are on the brink of all-out war.
"If we do [get mass take-up], then does Sony Music need to provide content to iTunes?" Ephraim said. "Currently we do. We have to provide it to iTunes as that's the format right now." Controversially, he added: "Publishers are being held ransom by Apple and they are looking for other delivery systems, and we are waiting to see what the next three to five years will hold."
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02-11-2011, 11:00 AM #2
Proud to be alive during this ePocalypse!
02-11-2011, 11:01 AM #3
Sony is the last company you want to piss off
02-11-2011, 11:12 AM #4
DramUH!!!! Wow thats crucial.
I don't even pay attention to mainstream music, but wow!
02-11-2011, 11:14 AM #5
What a bunch of corporate cry babies.
02-11-2011, 11:19 AM #6
Yeah, this is just a threat. What a dumb move by Sony if its not. "Hey guys, we're really mad about Apple enforcing the policies we agreed to abide by when we became app publishers. Let's threaten to withdraw our music -- threatening our tens of millions of dollars a year business for our ereader business that makes just a fraction of that...Yeah, that's a great idea!"
02-11-2011, 11:22 AM #7
I don't think their Artists would be very happy about their music being pulled from iTunes... the largest music retail outlet in the world!
02-11-2011, 11:24 AM #8
Yeah!!!! Sony is a big company Apple should not have pissed off.
I knew Apple would bite off more than they can chew!!!
I am sure their music will go onto some other retail outlet, not as big as iTunes but at least they will not be pushed around by Apple.
02-11-2011, 11:32 AM #9
This is Apple's fault. They pick & choose which app & which dev they want to enforce the rules with.If I can't mod it...I don't want it.
02-11-2011, 11:32 AM #10
this is BS, sony would only be punishing themselves. iTunes has got to be their largest source of revenue in the music industry.
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02-11-2011, 11:39 AM #11
Go ahead, Sony, screw yourselves because Apple pissed you off and rejected your app that no one was going to use anyway. Makes perfect sense. You won't let us sell 50 eBooks, so we'll keep ourselves from selling thousands of songs. GENIUS!
IF Sony pulls their music from iTunes, they'll be begging to be let back in within months.
02-11-2011, 11:41 AM #12
It pissed me off that companies like this are clearly thinking of themselves; they forget that it is the end user who suffers. If Apple suddenly has considerably less music, and Sony create their own online store which won't be compatible with the iPod/iPhone (most common MP3 player on the planet) - people will be left discontent and just revert to pirating music because song's can't be purchased from one DRM system and played on another player.
02-11-2011, 11:42 AM #13
They are looking like a 12 year old who gets mad at there friend for not giving him the toy his playing with. So he tells his friend he will take away this other toy that he let him borrow, just because he didnt give him the toy he has.
I hope i made sense haha
Still ive lost almost all respect for sony. They mad because iphone and ds are kicking their psp right in the balls.
02-11-2011, 11:44 AM #14
Will be interesting to see if they will follow through with this threat. Sure Sony will loose millions but so would Apple.
Who do you think will back off first. Apple and their app rules or Sony with their threat.
02-11-2011, 11:47 AM #15
02-11-2011, 11:47 AM #16
Good for Sony, its about time someone stood upto Apple and their closed system, why do all purchases have to go through iTunes/App store, most people can manage to buy stuff on their iPhone without going via iTunes i.e Amazon app, why can't they purchase in apps without having to give Apple a cut
Sony have plenty of other outlets to sell their digital music without needing to setup their own store
Can Itunes survive with losing one of the four big record labels?
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02-11-2011, 11:50 AM #17
Take it from a working musician in an industry liberated from the record labels: if Sony pulls its bands off itunes it will lose half it's bands.
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02-11-2011, 11:55 AM #18
Aw man 2 of my favorite companies beefing =\
02-11-2011, 11:58 AM #19
Where is the PopCorn. This is going to be good. Even if SONY take there Music Off iTune they Still will make millions the iTune buyers will till find the music someplace else and buy it and loaded to iTunes anyway. So whatever.
02-11-2011, 12:10 PM #20
I understand Sony's frustration, but they're only shooting themselves in the foot.