When it was rumored to be simply "iRadio," reports claimed that Apple was twisting the arm of major labels to receive better royalty rates than competing services like Pandora -- but that doesn't seem to be the case.
While users give little thought to how their favorite artists are getting paid when they listen to streaming radio services, the music industry certainly does -- and over the last 12 years, that revenue has added up to a fraction of what it makes elsewhere.
You’ve got to hand it to criminals -- sometimes, the tricks they come up with to dupe folks out of money is just amazingly clever. For example, the case of a gang of 11 in England who used stolen credit cards to buy their own unknown music from iTunes and Amazon and score big on royalty payments.
Apple made a lot of music fans happy with its iTunes Match feature. For only $24.99 per year, the service scans and matches tracks a user’s library and makes it available from iCloud to other devices. But one group that may be even happier are the independent musicians using TuneCore to sell their music.
While today's headliners may have been the release of the Mac App Store or the potential thud of the Verizon CES keynote (well, thud if you were hoping for a new iPhone), a tidbit about another recent Apple headliner came out. Apparently the EMI/Beatles agreement that finally allowed for the Beatle catalogue to appear on iTunes may have been a little bit more unique than originally thought.