Vivendi to Challenge Apple
July 2, 2007, 12:25 pm
Filed under: Apple, iTunes, Universal Music Group, Vivendi

Vivendi’s Universal unit appears to be set to challenge Apple’s terms for distribution of its catalog through Apple’s popular iTunes application/service just as Apple’s market importance gets a boost from the first weekend sale of over half a million iPhones.

Universal has notified Apple that it will not renew its contract with Apple, leaving its distribution relationship on an ‘at will’ basis. This is in contract to Sony BMG which recently renewed its contract for another year.

Estimates of Universal sales through iTunes place the number at approximately $200 million annually.

Read more in the New York Times article by Jeff Leeds.