This weekend, some folk have guestimated that Apple have sold over half a million iPhones – which seems a rather a lot. And maybe the fastest selling gadget in history? The Apple Store blog ifoapplestore reports that 62 of its 164 U.S. retail stores (38%) will not have supplies of iPhones today on Monday.
Meanwhile, Universal seems quite discontent with Apple’s iTunes system and despite the fact that it might be the only thing making decent money for music companies (and a very recent 500,000 new subscribers ;) have decided to go it alone. The NY Times says the matter is still at negotiation but:
If Apple were to decide not to carry Universal’s recordings, the music company would likely sustain a serious blow: sales of digital music through iTunes and other sources accounted for more than 15 percent of Universal’s worldwide revenue in the first quarter, or more than $200 million.
And in Britain, we read that music retailer HMV still hasn’t died yet. In fact, they think they’re going to save their backsides by selling DRM free music – ta-dah! Aren’t Apple doing that also? Digital Lifestyles site reports:
Music mega retailed HMV has announced that it will start selling “DRM-free” digital downloads from September 2007.
Over one million “DRM-free” tracks will be available for download at launch, including EMI’s full catalogue with big names like Coldplay, Lily Allen, Gorillaz and Robbie Williams. They’ll also be existing content made available from other labels distributed by HMV’s digital partner, MusicNet, adding to the 3 million+ tracks already offered online by HMV.
Oh well, Universal will have somewhere to sell their music until they both close, we suppose.