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Apple Negotiates For Unlimited iTunes Downloads 133

Hugh Pickens writes writes "Bloomberg reports that Apple is in talks with record companies including Vivendi SA (VIV)'s Universal Music Group, Sony Music Entertainment, Warner Music Group Corp. (WMG) and EMI Group Ltd. to give iTunes music buyers easier access to their songs on multiple devices. The deal would provide iTunes customers with a permanent backup of music purchases if the originals are damaged or lost and would allow downloads to iPad, iPod and iPhone devices linked to the same iTunes account. The negotiations come as iTunes is facing competition from new Web-based services such as Spotify Ltd., Rdio Inc. and MOG Inc. that focus on letting customers listen to songs from anywhere with an online connection, instead of downloading tracks to a hard drive. 'Long-time iTunes users know that one of the more obnoxious differences between music and app downloads on the iTunes Store is the fact that apps can be re-downloaded a seemingly infinite number of times,' writes Jacqui Cheng. 'In contrast, users can only download music tracks once — if you find yourself without backups and your music disappears, you must beseech the iTunes gods to let you re-download all your music—a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, should they hear your prayers.""
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Apple Negotiates For Unlimited iTunes Downloads

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  • Better service.. (Score:5, Insightful)

    by cortesoft ( 1150075 ) on Saturday March 05, 2011 @02:11PM (#35390116)

    You know who lets you download your songs as many times as you want?

    The Pirate Bay

  • Licensed content (Score:5, Insightful)

    by Xian97 ( 714198 ) on Saturday March 05, 2011 @02:14PM (#35390128)
    Since you only have a license for the content, then there is no reason why you should not be able to re-download it again. That license that you bought and paid for should not disappear just because you didn't perform a back up. If you have a physical copy such as a CD then there should be a replacement cost, but you can also sell and give away that CD, unlike a digital purchase which is tied to the account.
  • by imamac ( 1083405 ) on Saturday March 05, 2011 @02:27PM (#35390240)

    I'm not sure why this has taken Apple so long.

    Because it wasn't in their contract with the big 5 to be able to do so. (If you read the summary you would have been able to at least infer that much.) Any changes to the contract require concessions. It's give and take. I would bet they have been after this for a while but the big 5 were too greedy.

  • by DrgnDancer ( 137700 ) on Saturday March 05, 2011 @02:49PM (#35390428) Homepage

    I don't see what's "bad" about this. It's inconvenient, I'll grant you, it would be nice if the iTunes store acted as a backup for all my purchased music, but the idea makes sense when you consider the former paradigm. If you bought a CD in the past and lost, broke or damaged it, you went and bought a new CD. Was one of the ways the music companies kept making money on old stuff. This simply extended that concept to non-physical music purchases. If you "lose" them, you have to rebuy them. Since Apple's music has been DRM free for years and it's extremely trivial to backup the music, the risk of loss actually seems much lower to me that the risk of loss for a physical CD.

    I'll be happy if they change this, it will be nice to know that I have yet another layer of backup in addition to the copies on my phone, computer, laptop, and backup disk, but realistically I'm not exactly worried as things are. Anything that wipes out every copy I have of most of my music has probably destroyed a lot more valuable things as well (not to mention the music I still do have on CD).

  • by Goaway ( 82658 ) on Saturday March 05, 2011 @06:01PM (#35391936) Homepage

    So you blame Apple for this... who are the people who are currently working on making the deals necessary to remove this limitation?

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