Apple to buy Universal Music?

OK, so this is a weird story made more weird by the Google translation of this story from Der Spiegel: Purchase mood: Apple obviously offers for universal Music – economics – MIRROR ON-line ONE. I suppose I could have read the LA Times story that Slashdot linked to, but I didn’t want to register.

I have followed Apple for a long time, and I can honestly say that if this is true it is the most surprising development in their business plans for a long time, maybe ever. In Jobs I trust, but not without scratching my head.