In March, Billboard magazine reported that Amazon was asking
music labels to give it the exclusive right to sell certain
forthcoming songs for one day before they went on sale more
widely. In exchange, Amazon promised to include those songs in a
promotion called the “MP3 Daily Deal” on its Web site.
The magazine reported that representatives of Apple’s iTunes
music service were asking the labels not to participate in
Amazon’s promotion, adding that Apple punished those that did by
withdrawing marketing support for those songs on iTunes.
“Withdrawing marketing support” for songs which were given exclusive marketing deals to Amazon — Apple’s biggest rival — seems like weak sauce. It’s not like Apple was saying they wouldn’t sell the songs. They just didn’t promote them.