Sony: We Aren’t Leaving iTunes

Sony Network Entertainment’s COO Shawn Layden countered hints from earlier this month that the company was considering pulling its music library from Apple’s iTunes Store.

“Sony Music as I understand it has no intention of withdrawing from iTunes, they’re one of our biggest partners in the digital domain,” Mr. Layden said, according to Business Insider. “I think those words were either taken out of context or the person who spoke them was unclear on the circumstances.”

Sony still loves the iTunes Store

Earlier this month, Sony Computer Entertainment CEO hinted that if the company’s Music Unlimited service takes off it might not need to offer content through Apple’s online music store. “If we do [get mass take up] then does Sony Music need to provide content to iTunes?” he said.

Mr. Ephram went on to say “Publishers are being held to ransom by Apple and they are looking for other delivery systems, and we are waiting to see what the next three to five years will hold.”

Considering both Mr. Ephram and Mr. Layden are high enough up Sony’s corporate ladder to be privy to their company’s plans. Considering the popularity of Apple’s iTunes Store with consumers, however, it seems more likely that Mr. Layden’s comments are more accurate.