“In the first six days after the launch of its new iTunes movie download service, Apple sold a million dollars worth of Disney films, or 125,000 downloads, according to Disney’s CEO, Robert Iger. Before the year is out, Iger added, Disney expects to reap $50 million from iTunes movie sales,” Peter Lewis reports Fortune.
Lewis reports, “That’s Hollywood pocket change compared to the box office and DVD take for a single hit film. But for a brand-new service that delivers full-length features over a broadband connection to a PC or Mac, with a library limited to just 75 Disney flicks, it’s a very impressive debut.”
“We gave two thumbs down to the Amazon Unbox service in the first installment of this review, mainly because we have only two thumbs,” Lewis reports. “Unbox reveals that Amazon is not a software company, and the Windows-only Unbox service is clunky to use.”
“Apple, known for its elegant Mac computers and iPods, is really the best software company in the business today. Look at what Apple has done for music and television downloads, after all: Apple is now the fifth-largest retailer of music in the country, and some 45 million downloaded TV episodes are playing on an iPod near you,” Lewis reports. “The free download of iTunes 7.0 software (for Windows and Mac) adds movies to the existing stores for music, audio books, TV shows, podcasts and digital radio. And although the software has some glitches, especially on the Windows side, it instantly sets the new standard for digital media stores. And because Apple does both the Mac hardware and software, the movie download service integrates smoothly with video-enabled iPods and Macs.”
“My Windows version of iTunes 7.0 also seems bloated, and a check of system resources shows it to be hogging the dance floor, microprocessor-wise. Apple says it is aware of some performance issues with the Windows version and plans to issue a software patch ‘soon.’ In the meantime, I’d advise people who are happy with version 6.0 to wait for iTunes 7.0.1,” Lewis reports.
Lewis reports., “For most Mac users, though, iTunes 7.0 gets a thumbs up. The movie download service adds an interesting new dimension, although one that is limited by the small initial catalog of Disney films. Of course, the iTunes TV show library started with one studio and five shows, all from Disney’s ABC, and eventually expanded to 220 shows from more than 40 studios. I’m guessing the movie download service will follow a similar trajectory.”
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