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#1 User is offline   Ken Gracey 

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Posted 05 March 2011 - 07:42 AM

Apple is in negotiations with the major record labels to allow repeat downloads for music purchased through the iTunes Music Store, according to a new report.

According to people familiar with the matter, Apple is in talks with music companies, including Universal Music Group, Sony Music Entertainment, Warner Music Group and EMI Group, to change its download policy to provide greater flexibility to iTunes customers, Bloomberg said on Thursday.

Now this is indeed great news.. I have lost heaps of music, when i have upgraded the operating system, on my macs, and forgot to back up my itunes folder.
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Posted 05 March 2011 - 08:28 AM

Yes read that this morning ken. Great news indeed. jz
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Posted 05 March 2011 - 08:56 AM

Wow.. You said something positive... Amazing.....:)
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Posted 05 March 2011 - 09:19 AM

You are right Brian, But if they can pull this off, and i am sure they can, this will be the last sticking point for people to use iTunes over CD stores, if they can buy with the reassurance, that they wont loose their content, if something happens to there macs hard drive, or there iPhone or iPad is stolen, and they haven't connected it to their mac and backed it up, for a while.

EG my son, he charges his iPhone in his car on the way to work, and only plugs it in to his mac when he knows there is an update to the Phone or Itunes, which to be honest is not all that often.
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Posted 05 March 2011 - 09:54 AM

It is interesting to see Sony being mentioned as they are in the process of introducing a site that will be in competition with iTunes.
http://www.thetechch...usic-unlimited/
I have had issues with backing Sony files that were obtained from within iTunes and externally due to their DRM policy.
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Posted 05 March 2011 - 10:11 AM

Whether Sony likes to admit it or not Sony needs apple just as much as apple needs Sony.

They may back stab each other like a couple of mafia hit men, but Sony won't leave apple, no matter how much noise they make about, taking there bat and ball and going home.
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Posted 05 March 2011 - 10:47 AM

Music is one thing. The file formats seem relatively stable and consistent, and being DRM free music can be converted to newer formats as they arrive.

What about movies purchased through the iTunes store? Video codecs seem to be more in a state of flux and DRM means that converting them is difficult. I don't mind renting the odd flick, but I am extremely reticent to purchase movies because I'm worried about future compatibility.

Just to tie this back into the topic, I assume any repeat music downloads will be in newer formats as technology moves.
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Posted 05 March 2011 - 12:45 PM

This move doesn't entirely eliminate CDs as some music is not available from the iTunes Store. One major example is classical music.
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Posted 05 March 2011 - 01:00 PM

It never occurred to me that you couldn't re-download your purchased music on iTunes. I never really thought about it. It would seem to make sense from the beginning that the iTunes music store would have worked the same way as the App store does now.

I've also never had to move my iTunes library from one machine to another or lost any of my music, so I never thought about it.

Why couldn't this have been a feature from the beginning? I guess the record labels didn't want people pirating their music across multiple machines or devices, but if you use your Apple ID to login, then this wouldn't be an issue. So why only now is this being looked at?
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Posted 05 March 2011 - 01:25 PM

You are correct Brian, it really is a glaring omission on Apples behalf.


I think most people (including myself) just accepted it as the norm, but when the app store started , and we found out, that we could retrieve lost apps, It become a whole new ball game.
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Posted 05 March 2011 - 03:24 PM

I think the argument was not so much that Apple had to stump for the bandwidth, that was refuted by the App Store.

I think the issue was that Apple has to pay royalties per download.

I'm not sure that was a glaring omission on Apple's part. Greed on the part of the record labels or a concession to establish the one-price-fits-all model (which was awesome), seems much more likely to me.
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