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CEO Steve Jobs today disputed a press report fueling speculation that Apple may make a $6 billion bid for


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Universal Music subsidiary.

He said comments attributed to Vivendi board member Claude Bebear were false.

The quotes were contained in a Bloomberg story, which quoted Bebear as saying that Apple "will probably make an offer for the music business, for about $6 billion," which Bebear called "a bit low." Bebear added that

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are also interested in buying "some of Vivendi's U.S. entertainment unit."


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reported last week that Apple had discussed an acquisition of Universal with Vivendi, though Apple declined to comment at the time. Apple shares dropped 8% on the news, a move that had analysts

scratching their heads.

Jobs said in a statement today, "Apple has never made any offer to invest in or acquire a major music company. The press statements this morning attributed to Vivendi board member Claude Bebear are untrue, as Mr. Bebear has confirmed in a later report.

"Beyond these comments, we will abide by Apple's policy of not commenting on rumors," said Jobs.

Apple shares were off 19 cents, or 1.4%, to $13.20 shortly before the close.