An article in yesterday’s New York Post (found via Techdirt) argues that Apple’s Steve Jobs may be finally winning his battle with the major record companies over fixed price music downloads via iTunes. The major labels’ deals with Apple all expire in the next two months, and the Post reports that several record executives now say they are unlikely to convince Jobs to allow variable pricing.
I’d say there’s still a fight ahead. But with the pace of change in this space, and with the push to bring music to mobiles upon us, there are clearly other factors at work in how this conflict unfolds. What deals are being inked, scrapped or hornswaggled between the carriers, the Apples/Napsters, and the Big Four to which we’re not privy at the moment?