Apple with Music Companies Negotiating 'Unlimited' Music Downloads/Backups for iTunes Customers

Apple is in talks with music companies such as Vivendi SA (VIV)'s Universal Music Group, Sony Music Entertainment, Warner Music Group Corp. (WMG) and EMI Group Ltd; regarding some major enhancements they are planning to bring to iTunes and that an agreement could be reached by mid year, report Bloomberg.Currently, iTunes users need to repurchase […]

Apple is in talks with music companies such as Vivendi SA (VIV)'s Universal Music Group, Sony Music Entertainment, Warner Music Group Corp. (WMG) and EMI Group Ltd; regarding some major enhancements they are planning to bring to iTunes and that an agreement could be reached by mid year, report Bloomberg.

Currently, iTunes users need to repurchase music if they want to wirelessly download the songs to other iOS devices. Users could also of course sync via iTunes on their Mac or PC to work around these download charges.

The deal would provide iTunes customers with a permanent backup of music purchases if the originals are damaged or lost, said the people. The service also would allow downloads to iPad, iPod and iPhone devices linked to the same iTunes account, they said. The move would be a step closer to universal access to content centrally stored on the Internet.

The move is also another step closer to universal access, where purchases would be centrally stored on the Internet.

Bloomberg also backs up claims of a new, free MobileMe that relies on Apple's North Carolina data center for more cloud-based features.

Under one plan for MobileMe, the service that now costs at least $99 a year would become free. Users could store photos, contacts, e-mail and other content on Apple's servers, one person said. The content would be accessible through any wireless connection.

[Via]