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Rumor: Apple purchases iCloud.com domain name for $4.5 million

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Date: Friday, April 29th, 2011, 05:37
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Moving away from the white iPhone 4 for a moment, Apple is said to have indeed bought the iCloud.com domain for its forthcoming cloud-based iTunes music streaming service, though the rumored US$4.5 million purchase price remains unconfirmed.

Citing his own sources, John Paczkowski of Digital Daily reported Friday that Apple did purchase the iCloud.com domain from Swedish cloud computing company Xcerion. Those sources declined, however, to say whether the rumored US$4.5 million purchase price was accurate.

The report corroborates a rumor from earlier this week in which it was stated that Apple had acquired the domain, likely revealing the name of the company’s forthcoming cloud computing service. The Whois database still lists Xcerion as the owner of iCloud, but the company recently rebranded its service as CloudMe.

Still a mystery is exactly what Apple has planned for the domain. The company already has a name for its current cloud computing efforts: MobileMe.

Back in February, it was reported that Apple is working on a major revamp of its MobileMe service, and is considering making the US$99-per-year product free. The report also said that Apple will offer a digital “locker” that will allow users to store and remotely access personal content, like photos, music and videos.

More recently, Apple is said to have “completed” work on a new music streaming service that it has been pitching to music executives. And one of the four major record labels, Warner Music, is said to have signed a deal with Apple over the service, though the specifics of how it might work remain unknown.

Set to open this spring, a new Apple data center in Maiden, N.C., will support both the iTunes and MobileMe services, which has led to speculation that the US$1 billion facility could be an integral part of Apple’s anticipated cloud services. The 500,000 square-foot data center is five times larger than the company’s current data center in Newark, Calif.

Stay tuned for additional details as they become available.

Entire Beatles catalog now available via iTunes Store

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Date: Tuesday, November 16th, 2010, 08:41
Category: iPod, iTunes Music Store, News

On Tuesday, Apple announced that the entire Beatles catalog is now available via the iTunes Store. Per Macworld, the group’s complete box set is now available for US$149 with many individual tracks selling for $1.29 apiece. Single albums cost $13 each, with double albums such as the Past Masters compilation going for $20.

Each of the 13 remastered albums also sport iTunes LP features, including a mini-documentary on the making of the album. The complete box set also features an exclusive: the “Live at the Washington Coliseum, 1964” film of the Beatles’s first U.S. concert. However, if you’re not ready to pony up the full cost of the complete discography, don’t worry: everybody will be able to stream the video from iTunes for free for the rest of 2010.

The appearance of the Beatles on iTunes is the culmination of years of rumors, half-starts, and legal disputes between Apple and the Beatles’s Apple Corps. In a day and age where most new music is released online, the Beatles have long been the most prominent holdout from digital downloads. The closest the lads from Liverpool got was last year, when a limited edition of the band’s remastered discography was released on a USB flash drive with high quality digital tracks.

Despite Jobs’s well known love of the Beatles, Apple and Apple Corps have had a tortuous legal history spanning more than three decades. The companies first met in 1978, shortly after Apple’s inception, when Apple Corps sued the nascent computer company for trademark infringement; the two settled a few years later, with Apple agreeing to stay out of the music business. That lasted until 1989, when Apple started selling a Mac that could synthesize music; Apple Corps sued , saying that the move violated the earlier deal.

The two companies settled for a second time in 1991. That lasted until 2003, when Apple launched the iTunes Store, over which Apple Corps launched a new suit, once again pointing to Apple’s entry into the music business as a clear violation of the two companies’ settlement. That court case dragged on for several years until 2007, when the two companies struck a new deal to settle the breach. By the terms of the new deal, Apple would own all rights related to Apple trademarks and would in turn license those rights back to Apple Corps.

NBC’s ‘Heroes’ on iTunes Before TV

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Date: Tuesday, August 1st, 2006, 22:58
Category: iTunes Music Store

NBC has announced that the pilot episode of its new adventure drama, “Heroes,” will be available as a free download from Apple Computer’s iTunes store beginning Sept. 1, more than three weeks before its Sept. 25 network premiere. The free iTunes download will include several commercials from its chief sponsor, Nissan Motor. “Heroes,” which features a large ensemble cast like that of ABC’s “Lost,” concerns the lives of a group of people who discover that they have superhuman powers.

NBC’s ‘Heroes’ pilot free on iTunes | CNET News.com

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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


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.

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).


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).


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


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.