Here's a good article from Billboard that outlines the current relationship between Apple and the recording industry.
Apple, famous for its obsession over creating user-friendly products, may have itself become more user-friendly toward the music industry under CEO Tim Cook, who succeeded Steve Jobs 14 months ago.
While the Cupertino, Calif., technology titan continues to exert significant influence within the music industry, it's also doubled-down on improving its relationship with labels and distributors during the past 18 months, according to more than a dozen executives who spoke to Billboard for this story.
The changes range from a "more humble" tone from Apple in high-level strategic discussions to greater cooperation from iTunes staff at the operational level, according to music executives who didn't want to be publicly identified for fear of offending the world's largest music retailer.
"People are still petrified of Apple," says Rob Enderle, principal analyst for the Enderle Group, a technology consulting firm in San Jose, Calif.