Apple is preparing to meet with independent music labels in a bid to broaden the content it offers via the iTunes Music Store, reports MTV.
Apple has invited "hundreds of indie label representatives" to a presentation tomorrow at its HQ in Cupertino, the report claims. Apple staff will show indie reps how the service works, with a series of hands-on demos.
Shortly after Apple launched its online music store, it confirmed that "hundreds" of independent bands and labels were making contact in order to market their songs through Apple's service. Chart-topping band Chumbawamba is one such independent band that wants its songs available through the service.
An Apple spokesperson told MTV: "The plan was to go out of the gate with the five majors, but there's always been an interest in expanding the store beyond that."
Sub Pop co-founder Jonathan Poneman told MTV: "The store is accessible, well organized and attractive. I wouldn't miss this for the world." Sub Pop holds tracks from Nirvana, Mudhoney, Soundgarden, L7, Hole and Sebadoh. Poneman said the decision on whether to bring tracks out through Apple's service depends on what compensation package Apple offers.
Apple has shifted in excess of three million tracks through its service since its launch on April 28. The service is currently US-only, though it's thought Apple is looking to extend it into new territories over time. Apple also plans to launch a Windows version of its service before the end of the year.
In related news, Monday saw The New York Post report that Apple and giant online retailer Amazon, with whom Apple has an existing relationship to license Amazon's One-Click purchasing system, are in talks. If fruitful, these discussions would make Apple's service available through Amazon's online store.
If discussions with the indies bears fruit, there is no timetable for ditribution, an Apple source told MTV.