Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 4th Mar 2010 21:41 UTC, submitted by Laurence
Apple "Apple has allegedly been pressuring music labels to ditch Amazon MP3's 'Daily Deal' promotions, lest they be excluded from being promoted through the iTunes machine. According to anonymous executives speaking to Billboard, Apple has always been uncomfortable with the labels double dipping with both iTunes and Amazon, but the company has ramped up its complaints lately in an attempt to retain its lead in the online music market. Though Apple still remains in the number one spot among all music retailers, the move is indicative that Apple takes competition from Amazon very seriously." Apparently iTunes has a 70% market share... Doesn't that make this kind of, well, monopoly abuse? Reminds me of Intel's rebates for OEMs to not use AMD.
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by chrisfriberg on Fri 5th Mar 2010 00:03 UTC
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The whole thing is stupid. Record labels making deals with Amazon... Apple fighting back... Digital music in itself is the music industry. Music is so steal-able that the consumer sets the prices and the deals. Record labels in themselves are almost silly these days.

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