Writing for the
Los Angeles Times
, Jon Healey said that executives from leading music publishing labels are supportive of an as-yet unannounced music service from Apple. Details of the service are in a new article called
Labels think Apple has perfect pitch
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The LA Times noted that Apple has developed a new service exclusively for Mac and iPod users to enable them to buy and download commercially available music in a simple, non-technical way. One source called Apple’s solution the answer for people “interested in buying music, not just stealing it.”
The LA Times reports that Apple’s new music service will debut with a forthcoming release of iTunes, and will eschew the popular MP3 format for Advanced Audio Codec, or AAC — a component of QuickTime 6. The report said that consumer costs would be in-line with other commercial download services like Pressplay.
The Times couldn’t get any hard info or comments on this alleged service from Apple, however, or from any of the five major record corporations — Sony, AOL Time Warner, Vivendi Universal, Bertelsmann or EMI Group.