The Jobs Factor Complicates the Media Universe – New York Times

http://www.nytimes.com/2006/01/23/business/media/23jobs.html

Forgive me – I’m having another moment of “can’t see forest for trees” rage. This article is mildly interesting for the “what if” look at Steve Jobs’ Pixar/Disney deal, but I find myself apoplectic about this quote:

In particular, Mr. Nathanson and others noted, there is the widespread sentiment within the industry that the success of the iPod has benefited Apple and Mr. Jobs far more than it has the music labels, which do not share in the lucrative sales of iPod units.

I find myself constantly amazed (and dismayed) by the level of greed displayed by the music industry. Reread the paragraph above with the main points of contention substituted to prove how inane these arguments are:

In particular, Mr. Nathanson and others noted, there is the widespread sentiment within the industry that the success of the CD player has benefited Phillips far more than it has the music labels, which do not share in the lucrative sales of CD players.

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