Universal CEO Calls iPod Owners Thieves

Nov 12th, 2006 | By | Category: General, iPods & Portable Media Players, Strange

Universal MusicOwners of iPods and other portable media players are thieves, according to Universal Music CEO Doug Morris.

“These devices are just repositories for stolen music, and they all know it,” UMG chairman/CEO Doug Morris says. “So it’s time to get paid for it.”

Microsoft recently announced that the Zune’s purchase price includes a cut for Universal. Universal refused to license its music to Microsoft for the Zune unless it got a percentage of every device sold, in addition to standard music licensing fees for downloads and subscriptions.

Universal’s attitudes towards iPod owners contrast with research into the behavior of iPod owners.

According to research from XTN Data, iPod owners buy 2.3 albums per month, compared to the average of 1.8. They are also substantially less likely to download music using file sharing software than others.

If the Zune is successful, Universal’s attitudes towards portable media owners could quickly be adopted by other major labels.

Microsoft is already in discussions with the other major lagels to establish similar revenue-sharing agreements. UMG is expected to receive more than $1 for each Zune sold.

via Billboard, MacDailyNews

No Responses to “Universal CEO Calls iPod Owners Thieves”

  1. Murphy says:

    How could Morris have made those statements, with his head so far up his ass?

    What a moron.

  2. Allan Hunkin says:

    And there in lies the problem. He doesn’t undertand the market, he has an old business model and he isn’t serious about looking for solution which all adds up to making him vunerable.

    I predict that Universal will be bought out by a major distribution company like Apple within 2 years.

  3. what a retard says:

    if microsoft gives in, i would call them bad business men. Does UMG really think everyone listens to their artists. What i would like to know is would these funds go to? Would artists see this money?

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