San Francisco – Apple (NASD: AAPL) will soon extend the length of streaming song samples
available on iTunes from 30 seconds to 90 seconds, CNET News.com reported,
citing a post on the blog of digital music distributor Symphonic Distribution.
The longer samples will apply to songs greater than 2.5 minutes in length.
has reportedly been in talks with performing rights organization BMI and other
groups on new licenses covering longer samples.
"Some of the discussions
with rights holders may still be ongoing, according to music industry
sources," CNET reports.
"But Apple apparently feels they are close
enough to a final deal to inform their partners at the labels."