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January 23, 2007 | From the Associated Press
German and French consumer groups have joined a Scandinavian-led drive to force Apple Inc. to make its iTunes online store compatible with digital music players made by rival companies, a Norwegian official said. Currently, songs purchased and downloaded through iTunes are designed to work with Apple's market-leading iPod players but not competitors' models. In June, consumer agencies in Norway, Denmark and Sweden claimed that Apple was violating contract and copyright laws in their countries.
January 23, 2007 | From Bloomberg News
Microsoft Corp.'s Zune music and video player, intended as a rival to Apple Inc.'s market-dominating iPod, can't share some songs, potentially eroding a key advantage over the iPod. Microsoft on Monday blamed the difficulty on the fact that "wireless sharing is a new experience and its implementation is in a version 1.0 stage." The company denied reports that record companies such as Universal Music Group were preventing sharing of some artists.
January 10, 2007 | Dawn C. Chmielewski, Times Staff Writer
At the world's biggest technology trade show this week, industry behemoths such as Microsoft Corp. and Sony Corp. are touting the myriad ways to marry PCs and TVs. But Apple Computer Inc. stole some of the Consumer Electronics Show's limelight Tuesday with its own device to do just that. The question is whether Apple can translate the buzz it so expertly builds around its product launches into the sort of market dominance it enjoys with its iPod.
January 8, 2007 | From the Associated Press
For more than a decade, Microsoft Corp. Chairman Bill Gates and others in the tech industry have touted a vision of a connected lifestyle, in which digital content can move across devices throughout the home and be taken on the go. It's been a slow march. But as Gates kicked off the International Consumer Electronics Show on Sunday, the industry has come further than ever in delivering on that concept. "Every year represents a lot of progress," he told the Associated Press.
December 14, 2006 | From the Associated Press
The European Commission said Wednesday that it had withdrawn plans that could end copyright levies on electronic equipment but denied it had done so under pressure from the French government. Most European countries charge fees on music and video players and blank CDs to compensate artists and copyright holders for legal copying.
December 7, 2006 | From Bloomberg News
Microsoft Corp. said Wednesday that it would sell more than 1 million Zune digital media players by June 30, giving its first forecast for the device and showing how it plans to stack up against Apple Computer Inc.'s iPod. That tally should allow Microsoft to meet its goal of becoming the second-biggest maker of media players with a 30-gigabyte hard drive, said Bryan Lee, a vice president in Microsoft's entertainment business. Lee declined to say how many Zune players Microsoft has sold.
November 18, 2006 | Valerie Reitman, Times Staff Writer
Dollar signs danced in the head of business student Julian Perry, 25, when he learned that the much-anticipated PlayStation 3 would go on sale Friday -- in limited quantities. As demand outstripped supply, Perry knew the video game console's price would rocket past Sony's $599 list price -- on EBay. So Perry hired seven people to get in line with him. It would be a long wait. They arrived Monday afternoon at the Circuit City in Torrance, where 100 machines were to go on sale at 12:01 a.m.
September 25, 2006 | From Bloomberg News
Sony Corp., the world's biggest maker of video game players, cut the price in Japan of its PlayStation 3 by about 20%, responding to complaints that it cost twice as much as rival consoles. The game player will retail for $430 when it goes on sale in Japan on Nov. 11, Ken Kutaragi, head of Sony Computer Entertainment Inc., said Friday at the Tokyo Game Show. The company previously said it would sell models for $540.
September 21, 2006 | From the Associated Press
Microsoft Corp. is introducing an external high-definition DVD player for the Xbox 360 video game console to compete with the Blu-ray disc player in Sony Corp.'s upcoming PlayStation 3. The rollout plans come as the Redmond, Wash.-based company tries to shore up sales ahead of the arrival this year of next-generation consoles by its two top rivals -- Sony and Nintendo Co. The Xbox 360's external player, to be launched in Japan on Nov.
September 14, 2006 | From Reuters
A top U.S. antitrust official urged foreign governments to think twice before interfering with popular new technologies, singling out overseas scrutiny of Apple Computer Inc.'s iTunes online music service as an example of misguided enforcement. Justice Department antitrust chief Thomas Barnett cited proposals by some officials overseas to impose restrictions on iTunes as an example of overzealous regulation that he said could discourage innovation and hurt consumers.
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