Beatles Lose Apple Court Battle

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Date: Monday, May 8th, 2006, 08:24
Category: iTunes, iTunes Music Store

The Beatles have lost their court challenge against Apple Computer over its iPod and iTunes download service.

Sir Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr and the families of George Harrison and John Lennon control the Apple Corps label. They claimed the US firm broke a deal aimed at ensuring there would not be two Apples in the music industry.

But Mr Justice Edward Mann ruled that the computer company used the Apple logo in association with its store, not the music, and so was not in breach.The ruling means iPods and iTunes will still be able to carry the Apple name and logo.

BBC NEWS | Entertainment | Beatles lose Apple court battle

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Apple Ropes the Peacock in iTunes TV Deal; Ups Prices (Updated)

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Date: Wednesday, December 7th, 2005, 08:09
Category: iTunes Music Store

ipod_nbc.jpgI was watching my favorite TV show last night (The Office on NBC) when I saw a banner come up across the bottom of the screen saying that you could now download it to your iPod from the iTunes Music Store. Apple has signed a deal with NBC to carry a number of their television shows on the iTMS.

NBC Universal programming now available on the iTunes Music Store spans from the 1950s to the present, including NBC’s “Law & Order,” “The Office,” “Surface,” “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” “Late Night with Conan O’Brien,” the USA Network’s Emmy Award-winning “Monk” and Sci-Fi Channel’s “Battlestar Galactica” as well as classic TV shows including “Alfred Hitchcock Presents,” “Dragnet,” “Adam-12″ and “Knight Rider,” on the iTunes Music Store beginning today. Customers can purchase and download their favorite shows, including current shows the day after they air on TV, and watch them on their computer or iPod. The NBC Universal programs will be available in newly designated areas of the iTunes Music Store featuring the NBC Universal brands, including the NBC network, Sci-Fi Channel and the USA Network.

UPDATE:
iTMS is charging US$9.99 for hour long episodes of Late Night with Conan O’Brien and US$1.99 for under 15 minute clips. This appears to be the first deviation from the US$1.99 per TV show price point. Are song price increases inevitable at this point? Chime in in the comments below. (Thanks Digg).

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iTMS Outsells Traditional Music Retailers

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Date: Tuesday, November 22nd, 2005, 08:35
Category: iTunes Music Store

The Chicago Tribune (free reg req’d) reports that Apple Computer’s iTunes Music Store now sells more music than Tower Records or Borders, according to analyst firm the NPD Group.

Apple Computer Inc.’s iTunes online store was ranked the seventh-largest music retailer in the U.S. in the third quarter, breaking into the top 10 for the first time, according to researcher NPD Group Inc.
ITunes moved up from 14th a year earlier, Port Washington, New York-based NPD said today in a statement. Wal-Mart Stores Inc., Best Buy Co., Target Corp. and Amazon.com Inc. remained the top-four music retailers in the U.S. based on the number of songs sold, NPD said. Trans World Entertainment Corp.’s FYE and Circuit City Stores Inc. also ranked ahead of Apple.

(via Bloomberg News).

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iTunes' TV Show Sales Alienates ABC Affiliates

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Date: Tuesday, October 18th, 2005, 09:52
Category: iTunes Music Store

“By making an episode of ‘Lost’ available for download last week just half a day after it aired, for a $1.99 charge, ‘Apple may have helped open a Pandora’s box for the media business,’ the Wall Street Journal (sub. req’d) reports.
The president of the association representing ABC’s affiliate stations sent a letter to the president of ABC, reading in part, ‘It is both disappointing and unsettling that ABC would embark on a new — and competitive — network program distribution partnership without the fundamental courtesy of consultation’ with its affiliates. More at Slashdot

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ITMS Just Training Wheels for iTunes Video Store?

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Date: Tuesday, March 8th, 2005, 10:35
Category: iTunes Music Store, Software

Richard Ackerman revisits the rumor of an iTunes Video Store

Why is The Incredibles movie trailer inside of iTunes?
I wondered why Apple put trailers inside of iTunes.
But I have figured it out.
Apple is building the platform for selling video downloads the same way they sell music downloads.
Why do they host trailers on their site at all?
Hmm, sort of a daily infrastructure test…
Why video inside iTunes? iTunes is crossplatform… sales platform…
Steve has said that portable video (the “iPod Video”) doesn’t make sense. (There is already portable Mac video, it’s called an iBook or PowerBook.) But downloading video to your desktop… or say the Mac Mini… Send the video over wireless to your TV like they do with the AirPort Express audio thing…
Notice how every time Steve does a talk he goes on and on about some new video thing the Mac can do? I thought he was wearing his Pixar hat, but he’s actually building the Mac video infrastructure.

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