Report: Apple and Wal-Mart in discussions over iTunes Store alliance

“Apple and Wal-Mart are in discussions over an alliance that could allow the giant retailer to profit from iTunes video downloads, which have been a source of great tension between Hollywood and the retailer in recent months,” Michael Learmonth reports for Variety.

Learmonth reports, “A deal could take the form of a digital download ‘coupon’ that would allow consumers to buy movies, TV shows or music on iTunes with Apple paying the retail giant a percentage of the proceeds, one industry insider said.”

Learmonth reports, “What’s in it for Apple? Since studios (except for Disney, of course) have so far turned a cold shoulder to iTunes because of Wal-Mart’s demands, the computer giant would then gain access to titles from every major. Wal-Mart is one of the nation’s biggest sellers of iPods.”

“Studio sources say the rest of the majors are very close to joining Disney in a deal with Apple but are holding off until the end of the key fourth quarter, when half of all DVD sales occur,” Learmonth reports.

Full article here.

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98 Comments

  1. RC,
    Giving lower income american families products and goods for amazingly low prices, often times saving them thousands of dollars over the course of a year is NOT corrupt! You hippies, of all people, should understand the value of helping the poor.


  2. RC,
    Giving lower income american families products and goods for amazingly low prices, often times saving them thousands of dollars over the course of a year is NOT corrupt! You hippies, of all people, should understand the value of helping the poor.

    That’s the most frelling naïve and stupid thing I’ve read all day.

    Your vision is as through a pinhole.

  3. The high cost you are talking about is probably mostly directed at ‘low wages’. However, if you had a basic understanding of free market system or supply/demand you would realise this for the farse that it is. Bottom line? Employees are welcome to search for a better job, with more pay, elsewhere!

    Regardless, having several thousand people working for less than ideal pay is hardly comparable to MILLIONS of people saving THOUSANDS of dollars per year on basic goods.

  4. Wal-Mart is a publicly held company, RC; consequently, their first duty is to their shareholders to maximum profit at any and every (legal) opportunity.

    Obviously you were educated in the state-run public education system, whose first duty is to expand the teachers’ union and disparage big business at every opportunity. (I KNOW this to be true, for I taught in the Colorado public school system for 25 years.)

    Do you own your own business, RC? Or are you an employee of some capitalist enterprise? If the latter, get on board, dumbass, and invest in the future . . . not the mom-and-pop past.

    Or . . . if you really want to fight Wal-Mart, join a consortium of small business owners and COMPETE! Offer better, more personalized service or something Wal-Mart doesn’t! They’re not omnipotent, just better managed than the “It’s A Wonderful Life” you fantasize about.

    Until you socialists take over the USA as you have most of the rest of the world, you’re stuck with American business know-how. Save your pennies, RC, and invest in it!

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