Yesterday we brought news that Apple had reportedly signed up EMI and Warner Music to its rumored cloud-based music service. Now it looks like they’ve snagged another major label giant—Sony is the latest of the big four companies to allegedly get on board with Steve Jobs’ new enterprise, as reported by Bloomberg.
That means only Universal is holding out on the deal, and CNET is reporting that they are also close to striking up an agreement with Apple. If these stories all turn out to be true it means Apple would be able to launch a cloud-based service stuffed full of major releases, which would be in marked contrast to the offerings from Amazon and Google, who both require users to upload their own music to servers.
This news is also a major setback to Spotify, the popular European streaming music service that has so far failed to reach agreements with major labels on this side of the Atlantic. No statement from Apple or Sony has been made about this agreement yet, and Bloomberg’s sources are all anonymous. But it’s starting to look like there’s momentum gathering behind Apple’s move into this area.
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