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Microsoft and Apple, both interested in Universal Music?

Written by Petteri Pyyny (Google+) @ 13 Apr 2003 13:03 User comments (1)

Microsoft and Apple, both interested in Universal Music? Rumour mill has been spinning wildly over the last couple of days around the world's largest record label, Universal Music Group (which is currently owned by French Vivendi). So far, the biggest names presented as potential buyers of the media giant are Microsoft and its arch-rival Apple.
Apple's position, according to rumours, is closer to an actual deal than that of Microsoft's. According to New York Post article, Microsoft has been "poking around, kicking the tires" and has had conversations with the Vivendi executives. Meanwhile, Apple's rumours seem to be more deep-rooted and there's even a alleged pricetag, $6 billion, that Apple would be ready to pay for the UMG.

Both companies have been extending their tentacles towards people's living rooms over the last couple of years and by acquiring the UMG, the reach would be in much, much bigger scale. WMA-only audio CDs, anyone?-)

More information:

New York Post
Reuters

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1 user comment

114.4.2003 4:28

The idea of Microsoft buying Universal MG sounds bad. I dont know, its just a feeling I have.

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