iTunes Loses Out on Long-term Uni Deal, Gets 'Larry Sanders'2 Jul, 2007 By: Billy Gil
Universal Music Group declined an exclusive two-year deal with Apple's iTunes music store, instead staying month-to-month and leaving open the possibility of a deal with another service, according to an industry source, Reuters reported.
Universal artists such as 50 Cent and Mariah Carey will continue to have their music available on the service. But Universal could offer those tunes on other services, now that a previous deal, which was to last two years and was extended by 12 months beyond that, ended last month, according to the source. Universal signed a deal with Microsoft last year to take a small share of sales from its Zune music player.
Apple currently sells more than 70% of digital music in the United States.
Separately, Sony Pictures Television has added the Emmy Award-winning HBO comedy “The Larry Sanders Show” to the iTunes Store.
Not Just the Best of The Larry Sanders Show, with 23 episodes of the show, is available for $34.99. Individual episodes are $1.99.
“I am thrilled that ‘The Larry Sanders Show' will be available on iTunes because it will make it easier for me to watch episodes of my own show from wherever I am, and hopefully easier for everyone else, too,” said star and creator Garry Shandling.