"If such requirements were removed, the music industry might experience an influx of new companies willing to invest in innovative new stores and players. This can only be seen as a positive by the music companies"
If any one man has the power to bend the will of THE MAJORS (ominous ones, they are), it's Mr. Jobs. He famously refused to be bullied when he set up iTunes in the first place, which is arguably the secret ingredient for its success. (via REUTERS)
In other slightly-heartening-if-you're-into-that-sort-of-thing news, OZZFEST will be free (asterisk) this year.