iPhone Repair – If you’ve ever downloaded tracks from the iTunes store and had them deleted or simply lost, there has been little recourse for recovering your purchased music files. Apple is now looking to reverse this eventuality by negotiating with record labels to allow iTunes users to have back up files of purchased music on any iOS device linked to the same iTunes account.
If the deal is approved, iTunes users will be able to access content from Universal Music Group, Sony Music Entertainment, Warner Music Group and EMI Group Ltd. across multiple devices instead of the current “one download only” format. The music industry will be anxious to keep users interested in digital downloads in light of the blitz of competition iTunes has been getting from online music services that have sprung up in the past few years.
iTunes has seen sales slumping of late, losing out to online music services like Pandora, Spotify, Rdio and MOG. Users on these services can access music anywhere with an Internet connection instead of saving files to a hard drive. With a steady stream of music readily available on any online device, record companies have been scrambling to find solutions for collecting revenue on recorded music, which has traditionally been their most profitable offering.
To counter this, Apple is mulling making their MobileMe service free to users. Formerly an annual fee of $99, MobileMe lets users store images, email, contacts and other data on Apple servers. A new billion-dollar Apple data center in North Carolina is expected to accommodate the new proposed services.
Apple is expected to make an announcement sometime this year about the proposed changes. Will this help Apple and iTunes compete with all the new online streaming services available? What do you think? Leave a comment below.