October 29, 2007
Ed Burns is a filmmaker, so it's not surprising that he likes to see his work on the 40-foot screen of a movie theater. But for his eighth independent film, "Purple Violets," Burns is forsaking the silver screen in favor of flat panels and iPods. Burns, an actor-writer-director-producer whose credits include "The Brothers McMullen" and "Sidewalks of New York," is pioneering what may be a new business model for independent filmmakers. The first stop for "Purple Violets" will be on Nov.
April 21, 2007 |
Retail chain Circuit City and Web music service Napster said they would jointly offer a subscription service with millions of songs, the latest effort to compete with Apple Inc.'s iTunes music store. The service will begin April 29 with a subscription cost of $14.95 a month. Individual songs may be downloaded for 99 cents. Electronics retailers and Web music services have sought new ways to team up and compete with iTunes, which has more than 80% of the U.S. market.
July 26, 2006 |
Facebook., the No. 2 online social networking site, said it would give away 10 million music samplers from Apple Computer Inc.'s iTunes Music Store in a back-to-school promotion. The deal marks a new tack by Facebook Inc. in its effort to close the gap with its No. 1 rival, News Corp.'s MySpace. Palo Alto-based Facebook is giving to Macintosh and PC users 1 million 25-song music samplers from iTunes each week for the next 10 weeks.
April 8, 2004 |
A British court judge ruled that a trademark battle between Apple Computer Inc. and the Beatles' record company, Apple Corps Ltd., should be heard in London. Judge Martin Mann rejected an argument by Cupertino, Calif.-based Apple Computer that the case should be tried in its home territory. The judge didn't set a trial date and said Apple Computer could appeal the decision. Apple Corps is suing Apple Computer, claiming the U.S.
September 21, 2005 |
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.
January 23, 2007 |
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.
February 8, 2006 |
Showtime became the latest TV network to stake out a corner in Apple Computer Inc.'s iTunes Music store, offering downloads of its original productions, including "Sleeper Cell" and "Weeds." Showtime Networks Inc., a unit of CBS Corp., is hoping to raise its profile by offering its programs to consumers who do not subscribe to the premium pay channel. The network joins Walt Disney Co. and NBC Universal by offering its shows for download on iTunes for $1.99 an episode. -- Meg James
May 1, 2010 |
Four months after buying Lala Media's popular online music service for a reported $80 million, Apple is pulling the plug on the 5-year-old site. Lala notified its users in an e-mail Friday morning of the shutdown. Apple Inc. spokesman Jason Roth confirmed the plans, but he declined to say whether the Cupertino, Calif., company would resurrect the service under Apple's iTunes brand. Lala lets users listen to any song in its catalog in its entirety once for free. After that, listeners can sample the song again for 30 seconds or buy a digital download of the song for 89 cents.
August 29, 2007 |
Apple Inc. sent out invitations Monday to a Sept. 5 event called "The Beat Goes On," fueling speculation that it will release new models of the iPod media player to spur holiday sales. The e-mailed invitation for the San Francisco event shows a silhouetted dancer carrying an iPod, an image from Apple ads. Chief Executive Steve Jobs usually unveils new iPods before the holiday season. In June, Apple introduced the iPhone, combining the music player with a mobile phone.
October 17, 2007 |
Napster Inc., the digital music service, said Tuesday that it planned to attract more customers by moving to a Web-based platform that would allow users to play their music from any computer without downloading additional software. The move is intended to open up the service and attract more paying subscribers by making the Napster platform more flexible and compatible with any Internet-enabled device.