Eminem Sues Apple as iTunes Store Logs 3 Billionth Song Sold, and More

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Eminem Sues Apple as iTunes Store Logs 3 Billionth Song Sold, and More

iTunes Store going strong, getting sued: As Apple crows about having sold 3 billion songs on the iTunes Store (which now, incidentally, stocks 5 million songs, 550 television shows, and 500 movies), Detroit rapper Eminem has filed a suit against Apple for selling his music sans permission. Eminem's music publisher and copyright manager, Eight Mile Style LLC and Martin Affiliated LLC, allege that even though Apple pays a share of the money it collects from Eminem downloads to Universal Music Group, the rapper's management companies never authorized Universal to allow these downloads. (Eminem's people also sued Apple in 2004 over the its use of the song "Lose Yourself" in an iTunes TV ad.)

 

More complaints about the iPhone's battery: In addition to the lawsuit filed yesterday, New York State's Consumer Protection Board has sent a letter to Apple complaining about the iPhone's battery - particularly its repair and return policies. "I encourage Apple to redesign the iPhone in order to provide for a replaceable battery," wrote Mindy Bockstein, chairwoman and executive director of the state's Consumer Protection Board, in a letter to Steve Jobs dated July 17. Bockstein also told Jobs that Apple should provide free rental phones while customers wait for repairs to the iPhone, instead of charging $29 for a loaner.

 

In other iPhone news: Apple VP of iPod Product Marketing Greg Joswiak told analysts to expect the first iPhone update to arrive shortly. A cheaper iPhone might follow later this year, or in early 2008. The iPhone update probably means that unauthorized iPhone utilities - like iASign and iFuntastic, which both got updates this week - could soon be rendered obsolete (or at least require anyone using them to reinstall and reconfigure after activating the Apple update). Here's how to use your iPhone to control your Xbox Media Center, and also how to check it for dead pixels. If you're a NASA employee, don't expect to be issued an iPhone any time soon...although you might get a BlackBerry. Perhaps that's for the best: For some, the bloom is off the iPhone's rose.

 

iWork '08 blip? According to AppleInsider, there was a short-lived reference on Apple's website today to iWork '08 in a headline for a news release on the Hot News page. The reference was part of a headline that initially read, "Apple Remote and Keynote '08," and was later shortened to "Apple Remote and Keynote."

 

Also: Steve Jobs was listed among USA Today's 25 most influential business leaders (he ranked No. 3, behind No. 1 Bill Gates and No. 2 Alan Greenspan). Here's one guy's take on why Bill is richer than Steve. In a different survey, Microsoft's Internet Explorer was chosen as the most influential technology product of the past quarter-century. (The iPod made the list, too, oddly tying with Excel with 49 percent of those surveyed choosing it as the most influential tech product.)

 

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Anonymous

Could this be the beginning of the end for iTunes?

Will others follow along the "EMIN-APPLE" march?

If so, that could be a revolutionary step and not to mention it would mark a moment in time.

REASONS:

1. This would have a major effect on all record companies, since they rely on iTunes for record sales. When is the last time you went to a record store to buy a CD?

2. Artists would find new alternative ways to sell music... like SNOCAP

3. iPods of all types would halt production.

...OUCH! for everyone.

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Ben

M&M's career is over and he just needs more money. Why would anyone complain that the world's largest legal online music service is selling your music?

If he really had a problem with it, why didn't he bring that up when his music was released on the service two or three years ago?

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scottycub

I think everyone who comes across this article should have a read through of it. It is most intelligent and compelling. I would give it a Digg if I could but just go yourselves and read to the end.

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Mymac4ever

Shouldn't he be sueing Universal instead? I mean it's them who gave Apple the rights to sell the tunes. What is it with these sewers (no misspelling), are they toataly bonkers?

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MacZiMiZer

So wait is it Eminem suing or just his legal staff? I thought he helped with that old itunes ad...

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