I said at the time of Nokia's "Comes with Music" announcement ("all you can eat" music included in the price of a new handset) that if Apple had made the announcement then it would be like the second coming on the blogs. The FT reports today that Apple are negotiating just such a deal - but also reports a rumoured price of Nokia's offer... $80 per handset, distributed by market share to the labels.
Nokia is understood to be offering almost $80 per handset to
music industry partners, to be divided according to their share of the
market. However, Apple has so far offered only about $20 per device,
two executives said. “It’s who blinks first, and whether or not anyone
does blink,” one executive said.