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December 31, 2005 | From Reuters
London-born Jonathan Ive, the chief designer of Apple Computer Inc.'s iPod digital music player and its iMac, iBook and PowerBook computers, was given the title of Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire by Queen Elizabeth. The rank of CBE is the third-most senior rank among the five British classes of chivalry. Only the first two orders qualify for knighthood.
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BUSINESS
December 6, 2005 | Meg James
NBC Universal and Apple Computer Inc. plan to announce today a partnership to make NBC-owned programs available to video iPod users, sources familiar with the deal said. In October, Burbank-based Walt Disney Co. and Cupertino, Calif.-based Apple began selling ABC's "Desperate Housewives," "Lost" and other shows for $1.99 a download. An NBC spokeswoman declined to comment.
BUSINESS
November 21, 2005 | Julie Tamaki, Times Staff Writer
TiVo Inc. today is expected to announce a service that allows its digital video recorders to save programs to iPods and PlayStation Portables, further untethering television from time and place. The new offering builds on TiVo's existing TiVo to Go feature, which enables some subscribers to transfer shows to a laptop or PC via a home network. TiVo executives said the company was responding to a proliferation of portable devices.
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October 15, 2005 | From Associated Press
In a show of unity, five unions representing actors, writers and directors issued a joint call for talks to make sure their members get a cut of revenue generated by the sale of TV shows on Apple's iTunes software. The unions sent a clear message to TV producers. "We have not yet heard from the responsible employers of our members," their joint statement said. "But we look forward to a dialogue that ensures that our members are properly compensated for this exploitation of their work."
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October 13, 2005 | Kim Christensen and Terril Yue Jones, Times Staff Writers
Before he took over this month as Walt Disney Co.'s chief executive, Robert Iger made clear that he wanted two things: to explore new ways to distribute the media giant's entertainment content and to thaw his company's icy relationship with Steve Jobs. Iger moved forward on both fronts Wednesday when he and Jobs, the co-founder of Apple Computer Inc., announced that Disney-owned ABC would offer some of its most popular television shows for download at iTunes Music Store.
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October 12, 2005 | Terril Yue Jones, Times Staff Writer
Apple Computer Inc. said Tuesday that its fiscal fourth-quarter profit quadrupled from a year ago -- but investors, disappointed by sales growth, punished the company after its earnings announcement, sending its stock down about 10%. Analysts had predicted that sales of iPod digital music players would reach as much as 8 million for the quarter ended Sept. 24. Instead, Apple sold 6.5 million -- a record, but less than 5% more than it sold in the previous quarter. The market reacted sharply.
BUSINESS
September 29, 2005 | From Reuters
Apple Computer Inc., responding to consumer complaints that the screen on its sleek, recently introduced iPod nano cracks too easily, said Wednesday that it would replace defective units. Also on Wednesday, Merrill Lynch analyst Richard Farmer lowered his rating on Apple shares to "neutral" from "buy," saying that sales growth could slow in coming months and that comparisons to year-earlier periods could become more difficult.
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September 23, 2005 | From Bloomberg News
Warner Music Group Inc. Chief Executive Edgar Bronfman Jr. said the prices of downloaded songs should vary depending on popularity and called Apple Computer Inc.'s flat 99-cent charge unfair. Apple Chief Executive Steve Jobs said this week that charging more for songs downloaded from his company's iTunes unit would prompt consumers to get their music illegally. Jobs also said record companies were "getting greedy" when they pushed for higher prices.
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September 21, 2005 | From Associated Press
Apple Chief Executive Steve Jobs vowed to repel "greedy" record companies' demands for higher music download prices, warning that any such move would encourage piracy. Jobs, speaking before the opening of the Apple Expo in Paris, said some music companies were pushing for an increase in prices charged by Apple's online iTunes Music Store in the U.S. as their contracts with Cupertino, Calif.-based Apple came up for renewal.
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September 8, 2005 | Terril Yue Jones, Times Staff Writer
As iPods get smaller, Apple Computer Inc. just seems to get bigger. The innovative computer maker Wednesday introduced a tiny new version of its wildly popular iPod as it strives to extend its dominance in digital music. The iPod nano debuts at a time when Apple has sold nearly 21 million iPods and some analysts wonder whether today's must-have gadget is nearing the peak of its popularity. "I wonder about that a lot," said Shaw Wu, an analyst at American Technology Research.
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