Record labels to unite against Apple

UK's Daily Telegraph writes that Universal Music, Sony BMG and Warner Bros are apparently mulling over a plan to launch a (yet-another) music subscription service called Total Music.

Apple is currently well ahead of the digital download market that is expected to be worth £600m by 2012 in the UK alone.

Apple, which acts as a middleman, collects nearly 30% in revenue off each song sold on iTunes - which the head of Vivendi Universal, calls "Indecent" and has been in the driving seat when it came to negotiating with the record labels over terms and conditions.

The labels are reportedly willing to support rival players like Microsoft's Zune media player or Nokia's media platform in a bid to reduce Apple's stronghold on the industry.