Apple, Live Nation partner for iTunes store


Wired reports Apple has opened a new section in the iTunes store for live concert recordings, in partnership with promoter Live Nation. With the addition of Live Nation’s show library — including Duffy, OK Go, Plain White T’s and Ziggy Marley with others to follow — Apple had enough to launch “iTunes Live Music.”

Live Nation recorded the shows at over 80 of its venues, “which have been transformed into next-generation ‘wired’ live recording studios” according to the announcement. Live Nation will sell these recordings exclusively through iTunes.

The section also lists Apple’s previous live archive, including recordings by Sonic Youth, Regina Spektor, Pete Yorn, The Rapture, Kings of Leon, Gnarls Barkley, The New Pornographers and others.

It also includes concert videos. Concert videos cost between $8 and $13. Audio shows typically cost $8, said the story.

Apple and Live Nation own the venues where the recordings are made and the sound recording rights to the shows, simplifying the music rights fees.