Apple said to be in talks to buy Universal Music

The words "holy crap" come to mind:

In a pairing that would alter the architecture of the music business,
Apple Computer Inc. is in talks with Vivendi Universal to buy Universal
Music Group, the world's largest record company, for as much as $6
billion, sources said.

Such a seemingly unlikely combination would instantly make technology
guru Steve Jobs, Apple's co-founder and chief executive, the most
powerful player in the record industry.

Universal, which reaps about $6 billion in sales annually from artists
such as 50 Cent, Shania Twain, U2 and Luciano Pavarotti, would be
controlled by a maverick who revolutionized the computer market and
coined the mantra "rip, mix, burn," which many in the music business
read as an invitation to electronic piracy.

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