To that end, Microsoft is no longer interested in further discussions with the various labels. After negotiating with the likes of EMI Group, BMG (the joint venture between Sony
The online music business is a good fit for Microsoft. Look at what it did for Apple
When you think about it, Microsoft doesn't have to rush into anything. It has many successful business units that throw off a lot of cash, so Bill Gates can wait to strike a better deal. Companies like Yahoo!
Apple CEO Steve Jobs tweaked the music industry a little when he characterized it as being driven by greed for wanting him to increase the pricing scheme on his iTunes service. I'm not necessarily sure I agree with Jobs. I don't want to get all Gordon Gekko here, but hey, I can understand the music companies' position. They want to get the most for their shareholders. I also see the viewpoints of both Jobs and Gates -- they want to see a logical price for a marketplace that, sad as it is to say this, has preferred pirating music to buying it. If the licensing fee is too high, the model might not work.
Let's hope the music companies and the online companies can work this out. Even if it doesn't propel the stock into the stratosphere, Microsoft and music subscription services would be a good fit.
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