Apple wants to meld Music and Apple TV+ into one monthly sub, to the chagrin of record companies
Into the stream we roam.
Frankly, all streaming music sucks, but that’s my opinion and not the point here.
The point here is that at $4.99 a month
Plus, it seems that record companies still have a sour taste in their mouths from when Apple forced them to agree to iTunes downloads of 99 cents back in the day. They aren’t too keen on once again bending to the will of Apple in order to participate in the streaming music economy at scale. To this point, negotiations are in the early stage and record companies haven’t agreed to any pricing tier or even shown anything but mild contempt for the idea.
It makes sense that Apple would attempt to bundle its entertainment services, including Apple News and Apple Arcade, with
In the same report, it is alluded to that some record companies are open to the idea, along with the ones who aren’t
Regardless, offering a bundled entertainment subscription to Apple services is a great idea for consumers and Apple itself. However, once again it’s the artist that gets fucked here. Sure, Billie Eilish and Taylor Swift won’t take a hit, but all the independent and lower-tier artists surely will.
While we have no idea how well
If you want to help independent artists, stream Top 40 music, pay for individual albums from independent artists, go to their concerts. Fucking pay for art along with subscribing to it. Subscription services, especially music, should be the sample scoop before you buy an entire double scoop cone.
Regardless, Apple will surely get this done at some point, one subscription service at one ridiculously low price point in order to be able to jam more flavors down subscribers throats at some point in the future.
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