Apple Services Bundle in Talks for Music and TV

Labels 'nervous' about Apple Music & TV+ subscription bundle plan - report

Labels 'nervous' about Apple Music & TV+ subscription bundle plan - report

According to the report and the infamous anonymous sources, Apple is finding that record labels are "growing more wary about (their) relationship with Apple".

The report suggests that labels are anxious Apple could cut music streaming revenue, which could have a major impact on profitability. The bundle would combine Apple Music and Apple TV+. Not only does Apple not have to share revenue from its original content with anybody else, but it's already shown a willingness to give it away, offering free one-year subscriptions to anybody who buys a new iPhone, iPad, Mac, or Apple TV.

The Financial Times says that at least some labels are receptive to the idea of a super-bundle, but that might not be enough for Apple to get it over the line.

The FT has also suggested that Apple and the music executives have still yet to decide a pricing formula, with Apple not yet set on an appropriate amount for its all-in-one bundle.

The Apple TV+ video streaming service will launch on 1 November, costing $4.99 in the USA and £4.99 in the United Kingdom, undercutting the price of both Netflix and Amazon - though Amazon's Prime offering already bundles together its video service, music service, and its express delivery, alongside a few other features.

Now, Apple isn't required to pressure these record labels to lower the price of each song for the rumored super bundle.

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We don't know whether this bundle would include other services like News+, Arcade, AppleCare+, or iCloud storage.

When it comes to music, however, Apple is at the mercy of the record labels and whatever licensing agreements it can work out.

Apple is planning to bundle together its subscription services - Apple Music, Apple Arcade, Apple News+ and Apple TV+ - to create a more compelling offering, according to reports.

Are you excited for an Apple bundle?

In the early days, iTunes was simply a great way to get music onto Apple's marquee product, the iPod music player.

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