A popular theme over the past two years at CES and conferences around the world has been the bashing of Steve Jobs. The Bashers and the discussion are always the same: Apple’s competitors say the current environment, where Digital Rights Management (DRM) and Apple’s FairPlay exist unchecked, is bad for competition, bad for the economy, and, most importantly, bad for the consumer.
Jobs’ surprising essay about his willingness to “embrace” [...].
In a manifesto-like document “Thoughts on Music” published on Apple’s website, Apple’s CEO and Co-Founder Steve Jobs addresses critical issues related to digital rights management (DRM) and the future of music. Apple has been notoriously opposed to open standards, but faced with increasing pressure from European nations and other market forces to open up or license its FairPlay DRM technology, Jobs has now done a 180 degree turnabout – well sort of.
Jobs says that he would get rid of digital [...].
Cupertino, Calif. – Apple Inc. on Monday announced that it has ended a long-running trademark dispute with Apple Corps, the Beatles' record label, over the use of the name "Apple".
Under the settlement deal, Apple Inc. receives full ownership of all the trademarks related to "Apple," and will license Apple Corps to continue to use the name as well.
Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed, although both sides agreed to pay their own legal costs.
The settlement [...].
New York - Disney has seen its films downloaded over 1.3 million times since placing some of them for sale on Apple's iTunes Store in October, chief executive Bob Iger said in an interview on FT.com, the website of the Financial Times.
Other studios have been reluctant to follow, as retailers including Target have expressed concerns about the effect on DVD sales.
"If we don't put our content on these platforms, which the consumer has obviously embraced, other entities will [...].
New York – The National Football League announced that it will sell a package of video highlights from Sunday's Super Bowl XLI from Apple's iTunes Store the following day on Monday, Feb. 5. The $1.99 download will include a wrap show hosted by NFL Network commentators Rich Eisen, Steve Mariucci and Deion Sanders. The NFL began selling video game highlights packages on iTunes in September.
London - Fueled by broadband penetration, revenues from legitimate movie and TV show download services are expected to grow tenfold to $6.3 billion in 2012, according to a report from market research firm Informa Telecoms and Media.
Services such as Apple's iTunes Store, which sells TV shows and more recently, movies, along with Google Video, Movielink and others will benefit from an increasing number of global households with high-speed Internet access.
However, Informa warned, some media firms have been reluctant [...].
Starbucks Chairman Howard Schultz last week gave some insight into the company’s future music strategy at a talk in New York, stating: "Within 12 months, probably, you're going to be able to walk into a Starbucks and digitally be able to fill up your MP3 player with music”. He also added that "over the next 6 to 18 months you will see us look at it, perhaps test it”. The question is – why would people buy their music at [...]. 2 comments