Financial Times: iTunes All-You-Can-Eat Music Downloads Coming

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The Financial Times has a piece claiming that Apple has been in deep talks with music companies about an all you can eat music download service. The piece speaks with authority, citing that while Nokia pays the labels $80 per handset for such a service, split according to marketshare, Apple has only offered $20. Hence the delay.

The article also cites an anonymous executive who claims consumers would pay $100 extra for a device with lifetime music downloads, or $8 per month. Comparatively, Zune's pass is $15 a month. Apple's doing well with current music store sales, in second place behind Wal-mart. So one has to wonder what their motivation would be for such a setup. Total domination? [FT]

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So now I have one more question:

If iTunes gets a subscription, would this mean that all iPods would be able to be accounted for under a subscription model, thus get updates/new applications for free?