San Francisco - Apple on Tuesday unveiled its long-awaited iPhone, a touch-screen mobile phone with music, video and Internet capabilities, as well as a device that wirelessly transmits video and other content from a computer to a television.
The $499 iPhone, set to ship in June, is less than one-half-inch thick, and features a 2-megapixel camera and 4GB of storage for music, movies, photos and e-mail.
The company said Cingular will be the exclusive carrier for the iPhone, and partnered [...].
San Francisco – Apple announced on Tuesday that its iTunes Store has now sold more than 2 billion songs, with over a billion of them sold in the last year alone.
The company's online store has also now sold 50 million television episodes, and over 1.3 million feature-length films. Apple said it signed a deal with Viacom's Paramount Pictures, to add more than 100 movies to iTunes, which now offers a total of 250 films, in addition to 350 television [...].
An exclusive interview with Richard Winn, Manager of Artist Development, Microsoft Zune. Microsoft is no doubt faced with challenges in making its Zune music player a success. One essential requirement is to achieve credibility with music lovers. Richard Winn, Manager of Artist Development for Zune, shares with Digital Media Wire a look into how indie music and close relationships with upcoming artists is key to Zune’s on-going content strategy.
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Port Washington, N.Y. - Many more Americans are using free file-sharing services to download video than are paying for video content from online stores, according to a report from market research firm NPD Group.
While 2% of U.S. online households (1.2 million) surveyed in the third quarter reported having paid to download video off the Internet, 8% (6 million households) downloaded at least one video file (10MB or larger) from a peer-to-peer service for free. Nearly 60% of video downloaded from [...].
New York - CBS Corporation on Friday announced that it has resurrected its historic CBS Records label, which now plans to focus on digital distribution and integration of roster artists' music into CBS TV shows.
The new entity will make songs, music videos and other music-related content available for purchase and download from CBSRecords.com, as well as from iTunes and other online and mobile retailers.
"With more consumers choosing the online download model as the preferred way to purchase their [...].
Emeryville, Calif. – Gracenote, a provider of CD identification and other services, announced on Thursday that it has signed an agreement with the Independent Online Distribution Alliance (IODA), which distributes tracks for more than 3,000 record labels. IODA will provide Gracenote with metadata and audio fingerprints for all of its releases, which the company will integrate into its Global Media Database. The Gracenote database provides track information services for retailers like iTunes and [...].
Cupertino, Calif. - Contradicting an earlier report from rival Forrester Research, comScore Media Metrix said on Thursday that revenue from Apple's iTunes music download service rose by 84% during the first three quarters of 2006, compared with the previous year.
The firm attributed the increase to a 67% jump in the number of iTunes buying transactions, as well as a 10% increase in the dollars spent per transaction. "As Mark Twain might have said, the rumors of iTunes' [...].