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Apple Wants Artist Royalties Lowered

Posted in Legal with tags , , , , , , on February 5, 2008 by macfacts

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One would think that with the success of the iPod, iTunes and their commercials, Apple would be very pro-musician. After all, the reason so many people like their commercials are because of those annoying sugar-pop ballads in the background. Or the reason they make so much money from iTunes is because they are selling music created by musicians.

This is not the case of course. Apple is actually fighting to make sure musicians get a smaller piece of the pie from the money generated by their songs. Musicians are currently getting about 13%, or less than 9 cents per song from those who like to get ripped off on iTunes.

Apple thinks this is way too much and would like it somewhere down around 4% or less than 3 cents per song. After all, Apple does all the hardwork by scanning the picture of the cd and attaching it to the songs on iTunes and making sure you can only burn the song 3 times. That’s a lot harder than actually writing, recording, performing and marketing your own music.

Keep on looking out for the little people Apple!

From: Hollywood Reporter

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Steve Jobs Is a Dick

Posted in iPod, Steve Jobs with tags , , , , , on January 28, 2008 by macfacts

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I beginning to think that Steve Jobs has been watching too many of his commercials and is becoming just as arrogant as those douche bags portrayed.

In this interview with CNBC, the interviewer mentions to Steve (blow) Jobs how Robbie Bach of Microsoft is beginning to think that the Zune is “now a worthy competitor to Apple’s iPod.”

Rather than having an intelligent discussion with the interviewer on why Robbie may be mistaken, or something of the sort, Steve-O Replies with a snide: “Was he inebriated? Do you even know anyone who owns a Zune?”

The same exact thing could have been said about Apple 10 years ago.

I’m not too keen on my knowledge of the Zune, but doesn’t it have pretty much the same features as the iPod plus: being able to share songs, FM Radio, wireless sync with your computer for the same price?

I suddenly forgot that we live in a free-market economy where competition is encouraged.

Check out the CNBC news article with video here: http://www.cnbc.com/id/22673034