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March 30, 2007 | From the Associated Press
Apple Inc., the company that popularized selling songs online for 99 cents apiece, now hopes to buoy interest in albums, giving customers credit for purchases of full albums from which they have bought individual tracks. Apple introduced the Complete My Album feature on its iTunes Store. It now gives a full credit of 99 cents for every track the user previously bought and applies it toward the purchase of the complete album.
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June 11, 2007 | Dawn C. Chmielewski and Michelle Quinn, Times Staff Writers
Some movie fans hope Apple TV will do for Internet video what the iPod did for digital music. That's precisely what some Hollywood executives are afraid of. The device from Apple Inc., which debuted this spring, aspires to bring movie downloads from the geeky fringe to the living room. Touted as elegant and easy to use, Apple TV lets movies and TV shows bought through Apple's iTunes online service -- plus, later this month, videos from YouTube -- pass from computers to television sets.
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October 2, 2008 | From the Associated Press
Royalties that digital music companies, including Apple Inc. and record labels, pay songwriters for selling their music as ring tones, CDs and permanent digital downloads are to be set today by a federal agency. This is the first time in nearly three decades that the industry has been unable to decide the fee for sales of recorded music on its own. Apple has so strongly opposed increasing the rate, now 9.
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June 29, 2005 | From Bloomberg News
Verizon Wireless will unveil a music-playing phone and online music service to compete with Apple Computer Inc.'s iTunes store and phone to be launched with Motorola Inc. A Verizon Wireless-branded LG Electronics Inc. handset will be available by August, as much as a month before Motorola and Apple are due to unveil an iTunes phone. Verizon Wireless' music service is expected to be up and running in six to eight months, Chief Executive Dennis Strigl said.
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December 9, 2007
I just want to express how much I enjoyed Michelle Quinn's story on iPod University ("The iPod lecture circuit," Nov. 24). I was in Florence, Italy, last week and read the article online. Not looking forward to the 15-hour travel time back to Los Angeles, I immediately went to the iTunes store and downloaded some of the most wonderful lectures from Stanford, MIT and several others. And all of them are absolutely free. Steve Dworman Brentwood
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July 22, 2006 | From Reuters
Microsoft Corp. confirmed plans to release a new music and entertainment player and accompanying software under the "Zune" brand this year. The Redmond, Wash.-based software maker faces an uphill climb in closing the gap on Apple's iPod media player and iTunes Music Store, the runaway leaders in their respective areas.
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September 12, 2012 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Apple announced a new version of iTunes on Wednesday. The Cupertino tech company said its music program and the iTunes Store have both been redesigned and given new features. Now users can click on albums to expand them in place, and artists can now also share photos with users. A new feature called "Up Next" that lets users see a pop-up window with a list of songs coming up on their playlist has also been added. The new iTunes will launch next month. The store itself will look more like the new version of the iOS iTunes Store, which is set to launch with iOS 6 later this month.
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October 5, 2011 | Michael Hiltzik
Everyone knows Steve Jobs pulled off one of the outstanding corporate turnarounds in U.S. history, and that he did it on the strength of cool products. What they may not realize is that Jobs was a master of bare-knuckled business strategies from the old school. It's true that Jobs' legendary perfectionism and insistence on simplicity and elegance for Apple's products were the qualities of an aesthete. But his goal was to create products that could command premium prices and ensure rich profits.
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November 2, 2006 | Meg James
ENTERTAINMENT Apple Computer Inc. said it would dedicate space within its iTunes Store for Spanish-language music, music videos, TV shows and podcasts. Telemundo, NBC Universal's Spanish-language TV network, also signed a deal with Apple to offer downloads of its shows, including "Pasion de Gavilanes." Los Angeles-based Univision Communications Inc.
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May 14, 2008 | From the Associated Press
Apple Inc. has scooped up Time Warner Inc.'s HBO to feed television shows to its online iTunes store, reeling in one of the last holdouts among major channels and agreeing to a rare pricing concession to land hit shows such as "The Sopranos" and "Sex and the City." Cupertino, Calif.-based Apple said HBO programming began appearing Tuesday on iTunes. The shows cost $1.99 or $2.99 per episode, making HBO the only channel allowed to charge more than the standard $1.99 for its episodes on iTunes.
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