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Movie Downloads Coming on iTunes

Posted by: Rob Hof on September 01, 2006

… starting in mid-September, says my colleague Ron Grover. It appears that Wal-Mart is not happy about the pricing: $14.99 for new DVDs and $9.99 for older ones, compared with today’s wholesale price of $17 for retailers. I’m still not so sure that will look like a great price, given likely DRM restrictions and the hassle of downloading and then burning DVDs—because who really wants to watch movies on a computer, let alone an iPod? Seems like most people will opt to pay a couple bucks more to get the whole commercial package. But maybe Apple will wield its magic once again.

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September 1, 2006 02:42 PM

reminds me of a quote I dug from a little known rag I visit sometimes:

" "We don't think people have a burning desire to watch video on tiny little screens," Jobs said earlier this year. But Gates points to the growing phenomenon of kids watching videos during long car trips as proof that there is a market for small screens. "I guess Steve's kids just listen to Bach and Mozart," Gates quips. "But mine, they want to watch Finding Nemo. I don't know who made that, but it's a really neat movie." "

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