While it is still at odds with some music companies over deal
terms, Apple is said to be eager to get the licenses in time to
unveil the service — nicknamed iRadio by the technology press —
at its annual developers conference, which begins June 10 in San
Apple has signed a deal with the Universal Music Group for its
recorded music rights, but not for music publishing — the part of
the business that deals with songwriting. Over the weekend, Apple
also signed a deal with the Warner Music Group for both rights. It
is still in talks with Sony Music Entertainment and Sony’s
separate publishing arm, Sony/ATV, whose songwriters include
Taylor Swift and Lady Gaga.
I get the feeling these music companies can’t keep their mouths shut.