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Apple Unlikely to Start Subscription Music Service


Apple Subscription Music Service? For everyone holding their breath for a Rhapsody-type subscription service from Apple: stop before you pass out.  According to information from two music executives received by BusinessWeek Online, Apple has no plans to enter the subscription-based service arena any time soon.  The major factor in Apple sticking to its by-the-song download system in iTunes is its market dominance – iTunes is making huge profits from its 500 million+ song downloads, comparatively crushing the 2 or 3 million subscribers to Real’s Rhapsody or Napster’s services.  The only thing that looks like it could change Apple’s mind would be true financial competition from one of these services, a factor that is still far off.

Read More | BusinessWeek Online


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