BusinessWeek: iTunes movie downloads and new ‘wider screen’ iPod by mid-September

Apple Store“Coming soon to a Mac or PC near you: Movies on iTunes. My BusinessWeek colleague Ron Grover has exclusive details about how how [sic] Wal-Mart, as the largest seller of DVDs — it sells about 40% of DVDs produced — is unhappy at the prospect of Hollywood studios doing business with Apple and iTunes. But here’s the best part, and a detail you won’t see anywhere else: The announcement is expected by mid-September, with prices of $14.99 for new releases and $9.99 for older movies,” Arik Hesseldahl blogs for BusinessWeek.

Hesseldahl writes, “I would have to guess is that there would have to be a new hardware product to go with such an announcement too, wouldn’t you? Grover says says a ‘wider screen’ iPod is on the way as well.”

Full article here.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “AWidgetIHaveNot” for the heads up.]

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28 Comments

  1. Gil…don’t you mean long in the bluetooth? ” width=”19″ height=”19″ alt=”wink” style=”border:0;” />

    So is this just a rehas of the Business Week article or did this reporter do any original research beyond reading the BW clip?

    The Movie store and new iPod are now a foregone conclusion.

    The big question to me is, will Apple continue to use the click wheel or will they employ the new synaptics touch screen wheel to increase over all screen size without making the device larger?

  2. will there also be an updated Airport Express? In the absence of such a product, movie downloads strike me as having very limited appeal.

    I suppose they could allow you to burn them to DVD, but is it really all that convenient to wait an hour for a movie download, then an hour for a DVD burn, in order to watch a movie on your home theatre set-up? Sure, you haven’t had to leave the house, but this is a lot of time for a low quality version of what can be rented for $5 at the local store, or bought in full quality with all the extras and a case for $15-20 delivered to your door through Amazon, or for roughly $1.50 through Netflix.

    I’m not their target market, but really who is? Business travellers? Who would pay $10-15 for a movie download?

  3. How can Apple make a better solution than what is currently available?

    How about iMovie kiosks at the Apple Stores. Bring your iPod Movie Player to the store and load up all the movies you want to watch. Bring them home and connect to your theater or computer. You can watch for a week once you start watching.

    To watch again, connect to iTMS to pay for another rental. Rent the same movie x number of times and it is unlocked for unlimited viewing. Apple can ad all sorts of goodies with next gen. of Front Row. ” width=”19″ height=”19″ alt=”smile” style=”border:0;” />

  4. Hmmmmm.

    Even watching a standard DVD (already compressed enough to ruin graded colors like a sunset, or close-up of a beautiful face) is a drag. I prefer LD for color depth. But both really pale compard to raw standard video (from a non-HD camcorder).

    It’s an intractable problem so far unsolved by any CODEC.

    Now, for a handheld device, if the file size algebra favors color depth and framerate, and chops resolution, it might be a workable equation….but that would be pathetic for a large screen.

    Be interesting to see how they do the math.

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