Not releasing on iTunes used to be suicide. But maybe artists are reconsidering that outlook. From the Code Conference this morning, where Apple’s $3 billion acquisition of Beats Electronics was officially announced…
Walt Mossberg (interviewer): Apple has already made a huge mark on music, Jimmy [Iovine] has made a huge mark on music. Now that you’re unified, what are the possibilities?
Eddy Cue (head of Apple Music): First of all, both Dre and Jimmy have an incredible ear for sound. As Jimmy mentioned for curation, you have to know what the next song is. Bringing curation is important to music.
“Music is dying in the way that we know it. It hasn’t been growing in the way that we want it to. You see it in the number of artists. This past year in iTunes, it’s the smallest number of new releases we’ve had in years.”