Quantcast
The N.Y. Post’s always on-the-spot Tim Arrango reports that sources within the record industry say there are rumblings the software giant may offer to replace users' entire library of iTunes tracks by writing a massive check to the labels.
ALL THEY NEED IS THE BEATLES
If Microsoft Can Pry Catalog from Fab Four, Their Digital Play Might Make Sense
Could Microsoft unroll their new digital music initiative with a little help from their friends?

On the eve of their plan to offer a digital music player called the Zune and a download service to compete with market-leader Apple, there is speculation Bill Gates and company have their eye on the Beatles to launch their product.

"Will Microsoft spend money to get . . . the Beatles catalog?" speculates Wedbush Morgan analyst Michael Pachter, who follows the company.

The N.Y. Post’s always on-the-spot Tim Arango reports that sources within the record industry say there are rumblings the software giant may offer to replace users' entire library of iTunes tracks by writing a massive check to the labels.

Arrango reports that Microsoft execs have touted the success of the company's Xbox video game console in grabbing marketshare from Sony's PlayStation as a model for their digital music and video foray.

Still, short of launching its own record label, Microsoft will offer the same music available on iTunes, unless it could lock up an exclusive deal with the Fab Four, who had been locked in litigation with Apple over the use of its name.

Other sources have denied the long-running rumor that Microsoft would go into business with the legendary rock band.

ANOTHER BILLIE BANGER? (UPDATE)
Are you free Wednesday afternoon? (11/12a)
BIEBER BY CHRISTMAS?
How's that for a tease, Bieber Nation? (11/12a)
NEAR TRUTHS: MEET
THE NEW BOSSES
Not the same as the old bosses (11/12a)
CMA CENTERPIECE
CARRIE UNDERWOOD
This sure feels like her moment. (11/12a)
WHO'S GETTING ZERVAS?
It's down to two bidders. (11/12a)
THE GRAMMY NOMINATIONS
They'll soon be here, and then we can start obsessing about who'll win.
U.K. SPECIAL
Forget Brexit--it's our yearly survey of doings in Blighty. And if you still can't forget Brexit, try drinking.
ZERVAS STATION
Who's going to land the hottest unsigned property in music?
WEED!
That's what Hollywood smells like. Seriously. 24/7.
 Email

 First Name

 Last Name

 Company

 Country
CAPTCHA code
Captcha: (type the characters above)