Universal to snag share of Zune sales

By Justin Mann on November 9, 2006, 8:56 PM
Microsoft will be taking even more of a loss selling the Zune than originally thought. It seems that Universal Music Group will be taking a chunk out of the Zune's sales for themselves, on top of the fee they are already collecting on songs that are sold. It won't be just a small chunk, either, and could be a flat fee that is higher than $1 for every player sold. While Universal doesn't exactly need money and Microsoft isn't exactly broke, it seems that UMG is taking advantage of Microsoft's attempts to move in on Apple's territory. There are rumors of other players having such “fees” imposed on them as well in other areas of the world, with manufacturers having to pay media companies for the “right” to sell their own players. Ridiculous?

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