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Wednesday, November 29, 2006

Universal may try for slice of iPod sales

Universal, the world's biggest music label, may try to force Apple to pay it a royalty on iPod sales, a report claims.

The news follows recent revelations that Microsoft has agreed to pay Universal a dollar for each Zune it sells.

Universal CEO, Doug Morris is arguing that a royalty is relevant, based on the logic that some music held on some iPods is stolen.

"It would be a nice idea. We have a negotiation coming up not too far. I don't see why we wouldn't do that, but maybe not in the same way," he told the Reuters Media Summit.
No surprise there, but I am shocked that a bigger development in the Microsoft/Universal deal has gone basically unreported: When Microsoft agreed to Universal's per-Zune vig, the software giant also agreed to offer an identical deal to every other music company. That's too bad, because these guys are now going to expect similar treatment from Apple, whose iPod sales should prove to be quite lucrative.
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