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It's free download week! Following moves by NBC and ABC, it seems Fox is following the trend -- but not really. The freebies will be a set of season premieres, and will only be for the next two weeks.The Los Angeles Times reported Friday that Fox and Apple have reached an agreement to offer free downloads of the shows Fox is trying to promote this sweeps season: that is, the ones people aren't watching as much as they'd like. No Simpsons or Family Guy clips are among the five shows currently available for free on the iTunes Store. But episodes of shows sure to be forgotten in the sands of time, like Back To You, Til' Death and K-Ville, are currently available for free at the iTunes Store.Interesting... Read more...
Just two short weeks after Apple refreshed their iPod offerings and released a totally new model, it seems that Apple is modifying the iTunes database to make sure that users don't try to use their products with a competitive software package/service.The modification more or less prevents using an 'updated' iPod with another program that would alter the playlist in any way, either deleting, adding, or possibly even changing the songs in any way (such as the bit-rate, order, etc.).  If the iPod isn't exactly as iTunes remembered it, the iPod will inconveniently 'forget' all your songs:“The most plausible reason for locking then new iPods to iTunes is that Apple is becoming conscious of the growing... Read more...
In recent years Apple has “accidentally” revealed upcoming products and services on a fairly regular basis.  They do this either in their on-line store, or sometimes just in parts of their own software that aren't unlocked until a revision comes out.That would seem to be the case with the new iTunes movie rental service: “Movie rentals could be coming to the iTunes Store, if an apparent slip-up by Apple is any indication. Mac developer David Watanabe uploaded a screenshot depicting an iTunes problem reporting system which has options for requesting a refund due to non-delivery of rental movies. The other options for reporting issues with the as yet unannounced -- but rumored -- rental movie... Read more...
NBC Universal is the number one supplier of digital video that is distributed on iTunes, with 40% of the downloads, yet it was unable to come to terms with Apple - over what else, money.  Because of this, and perhaps more, it will not be renewing its distribution contract with Apple. The company’s contract to sell more than 1,500 hours of news, sports and entertainment programming on iTunes expires at the end of December. NBC was required to inform Apple by Friday if the contract would not renewed, said Amy Zelvin, spokeswoman for NBC Universal Digital. Although there has always been some degree of tension over Apple's pricing scheme, which is a one-size-fits-all model, it's also... Read more...
In Coral Gables, Florida, an enterprising pastor wants to bribe (his words) new people into attending its iSermons.  This is the same church, Church of the Glades, that in January drew 50,000 hits to its website with a billboard proclaiming "The Bare Naked Truth on Sex." Anyone who comes to its iThemed services for the first time during the next three weekends can get a $15 iTunes gift card by filling out a "connection card." Today, one new visitor will win an iPhone. The series of sermons is called "i: Successful Living in a Self-Absorbed World." Sermon or no (and door prize or no), this has been a frequent topic of discussion lately - that we, as iPod-toting, cell... Read more...
When people think of content missing from iTunes (that they'd really, really like to see), a majority think of the Beatles. Well, they're still missing, but John Lennon's solo music is not. Apple announced today they would be selling 16 of his solo albums on iTunes, joining Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr as former Beatles with music on the online store. Apple Inc. has begun selling downloads of tracks from 16 of John Lennon's post-Beatles albums, including "Working Class Hero" and "John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band," on iTunes, the company said Tuesday. The albums represent Lennon's recording output while he was with Capitol Records, a unit of Britain's EMI Group PLC. Video content... Read more...
It's called social networking iTunes-style.  Today Apple unveiled web widgets designed to facilitate social networking between iTunes users.  It allows customers to share their purchases, reviews, and favorite artists. Called My iTunes, the service includes three flash-based widgets that use a customers account information to create customized lists of music based on that users purchase history. The widgets can be placed on a user's blog, Web site, or social networking profile.Three widgets are currently available: the first lists recent purchases; the second shows music that the user has reviewed on iTunes; and the last shows a "tag cloud" of the artists the customer has purchased through... Read more...
Eminem’s management and their legal team are taking on Apple, in what may be the first battle of many against Apple.  The problem isn't actually between Eminem and Apple, but rather Eminem and his label.  Stopping music sales on iTunes is the first step in changing the way record labels award royalties for songs sold on iTunes. The issue at hand is whether or not contracts between artists and labels allow the labels to authorize online sales of songs. “The lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court in Detroit is the latest move by Eminem's music publishers to aggressively protect the rights to his music.A top California entertainment lawyer, Owen Sloane of Berger Kahn, said the Eminem... Read more...
Apple recently made an announcement that its iTunes online music service has reached the 3-billion-downloaded-songs mark. In fact, Apple’s iTunes Store recently outshined both Amazon and Target and took the number three spot in the list of America’s largest music retailers. Apple’s vice president of iTunes, Eddy Cue, stated, “‘We’d like to thank all of our customers who have contributed to this incredible milstone.’” Some may feel that the 3 billion mark isn’t such a big deal. After all, iTunes was started about many years ago, and at 99 cents per song, the revenues generated would be a little under $3 billion over a period of about 6 years. On the other hand, we shouldn’t forget that iTunes... Read more...
One of the most influential music groups of all time has had what might be the single longest journey from wax to iTunes.  Thankfully there is light at the end of the tunnel but the journey is not quite finished yet: "Olivia Harrison told Reuters on Friday that the work of her late husband and his bandmates was finally on a fast track to music stores like Apple Inc.'s iTunes now that multiple artistic and legal hurdles have been tackled."We just have a few things to work out elsewhere," she said.Though hopeful for a release before the end of 2007, she added that the sheer amount of work might push the online listing to 2008." We'll keep our fingers crossed that they get onboard with iTunes... Read more...
PRNewsWire is reporting that Apple and MGM have reached an agreement that will allow iTunes users to download a wide variety of MGM's current and past films: "LOS ANGELES and CUPERTINO, Calif., April 11 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios Inc. (MGM) and Apple today announced that MGM is now offering titles from its prestigious catalog of feature films for purchase and download on the iTunes(R) Store (https://www.itunes.com). Beginning today, iTunes customers will be able to purchase legendary films such as "Dances With Wolves," "Mad Max," "The Great Train Robbery" and "Rocky," with other titles to be added in the coming weeks. MGM has the largest modern film library in... Read more...
 "DVD Jon" is back at it. Already a hero with the Pringles and Jolt Cola hacker community-- at age fifteen, no less -- for unscrambling the DVD Content Scrambling System, Jon Lech Johansen returns at age twenty-two with a way to get around the playback restrictions on Apple Computer's iPod and iTunes music products: Today, songs purchased from Apple's online iTunes Music Store can't be played on portable devices made by other companies. Songs purchased from many other online music stores also won't work on iPods because they similarly use a form of copy-protection that Apple doesn't support. Johansen said he has developed... Read more...
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