Apple inks deal to sell iTunes music via Bebo social network

“Apple is tapping into the popularity of social networking sites, as it announces a deal on Wednesday to embed its iTunes internet music download service into the Bebo website,” Maija Palmer reports for The Financial Times.

“From Wednesday, Bebo’s 8.8m users in the UK and Ireland will be able to buy music directly from the profile of any musician who has a Bebo profile and whose music is available on iTunes,” Palmer reports. “It will be the first time Apple has linked iTunes to a social networking site.”

“Bebo has 500,000 musicians registered on its site, including both undiscovered bands, and established acts. About 4,000 bands are estimated to sign up to the site each day,” Palmer reports.

“The deal with Bebo will give Apple a deeper reach into the market segment of 16- to 24-year-olds, who are both keen users of social networking sites, and key consumers of music,” Palmer reports.

“It is understood that Apple sees the deal, which will initially cover only the UK and Ireland, as experimental, but could later extend it to the rest of Bebo’s 33m users worldwide,” Palmer reports.

Full article here.

25 Comments

  1. This is another great opportunity for Apple to expand it’s dominance in the online music buisness.

    It’s just truely amazing what Steve jobs has accomplished since his return.

    It must have been pent up in him for decades.

  2. OK, where the heck is iChat screen sharing??? That was one of the three major new features Apple promised for Leopard last year–and now it’s gone from Apple’s website! This was BIG–and one of the main reasons I was excited by Leopard. Sorry this is unrelated, but I’m hoping someone with a copy of the Beta can confirm whether it’s still in there. Does anyone else agree with me that this was important? Maybe we could join to push Apple to put this feature back in.
    P.S. I’ll post on other threads as well.

  3. “OK, where the heck is iChat screen sharing??? That was one of the three major new features Apple promised for Leopard last year–and now it’s gone from Apple’s website! This was BIG–and one of the main reasons I was excited by Leopard. Sorry this is unrelated, but I’m hoping someone with a copy of the Beta can confirm whether it’s still in there. Does anyone else agree with me that this was important? Maybe we could join to push Apple to put this feature back in.
    P.S. I’ll post on other threads as well.” its now a finder feature instead, but still there

  4. Jake: Do you mean this?

    http://www.apple.com/macosx/leopard/features/ichat.html

    Show off (without showing up).
    Why wait for a darkened room and a projector to present vacation photos or Keynote slides? Now you can do it all remotely, right in iChat. Put on an entire photo slideshow, click through a Keynote presentation, or play a movie — in full screen, accompanied by a video feed of you hosting — while your buddy looks on. In fact, you can show any file on your system that works with Quick Look.

  5. It seems Apple is in a bit of chaos lately.

    ZFS, No and yes.

    Bootcamp Sleep, Yes and now No.

    iChat screen sharing, Yes and now No.

    It seems to me that Apple is promising more than it can deliver in time for the new OS version.

    Look at the sorry state of Safari 3, it’s not beta, it’s alpha.

    I’m half expecting a programmers revolt at Apple soon.

  6. As bob said, it’s still there.
    Hostsfile’s trollish blatherings are too stupid to warrant comment.

    http://16974www.tuaw.com/2007/06/12/ichat-screen-sharing-now-a-finder-feature/

    iChat screen sharing now a Finder feature
    Posted Jun 12th 2007 9:00AM by Michael Rose
    Filed under: WWDC, Leopard
    Quite a few of you have noticed that the iChat screen-sharing feature introduced at last year’s WWDC seems to have gone missing in the refresh of the Leopard feature pages on
    Apple’s site. This would have been so helpful for the family tech support and whatnot, and probably easy to implement under the Apple Remote Desktop/VNC stack; why would Apple drop it? Turns out it’s not dropped so much as relocated. The Finder feature page now indicates that “[by] clicking on a connected Mac, you can see and control that computer (if authorized, of course) as if you were sitting in front of it.” Sounds like what iChat loseth, the Finder picketh up and runneth with…eth.

  7. AAPL has collapsed in the last 30 minutes of trading, dropping from $119.35 down to a session low of $116.75.

    There has been a huge increase in volume at the same time, which indicates that institutions are already buying the dip.

    If you are looking to get long in AAPL, watch the 20-day exponential moving average at $116.65 and the $117 level. If AAPL drops below that, the next major support is in the $115 area.

  8. @Hostsfile–

    I think there is some truth in Apple being a bit over-extended, but I think they can pull it off. We have come to expect perfect execution on everything, though no other company is expected to be as consistently excellent (except maybe Toyota, but only in terms of reliability).

    I believe that Steve is attempting to recapture the decade lead on Windows that was squandered when he was booted from Apple. That means that while every other company is moving full steam ahead, Apple’s been in an all-out sprint for almost 10 years now. There may be the appearance of some fatigue, but I don’t think they’re spent just yet.

  9. And so the astroturfing continues by bozos like Hostfile who obviously didn’t watch the keynote either live or on-stream.

    Firstly, Apple never said that ZFS would be the default file system or even a read/write file system in Leopard and this was known to anyone who has attended any of Apple’s dealer events on Leopard Server – I knew it some three months ago, and I’m not even a developer.

    iChat screen sharing is still there, it was there in the keynote – the only way you could miss it would be if you were blind, stupid or deliberately trying to misrepresent the facts.

    As for Safari 3, public betas are just that – remember Vista’s public beta where you could crash the machine by making it ping itself: that was after five years development, so I’m going to cut Apple some slack – if we’re have the same conversation in 2012, I’m gonna open a can of whoop-ass on them.

  10. Actually, Jobs did NOT demonstrate iChat screen sharing–he demonstrated the presentation mode, which is COMPLETELY different. iChat screen-sharing, which was promised last year at Leopard’s introduction, would allow multiple users conversing through iChat to see and control whatever was on the screen. Nice that you are so insulting re something you obviously don’t understand.

  11. Actually, Jobs did NOT demonstrate iChat screen sharing–he demonstrated the presentation mode, which is COMPLETELY different. iChat screen-sharing, which was promised last year at Leopard’s introduction, would allow multiple users conversing through iChat to see and control whatever was on the screen. Nice that you are so insulting re something you obviously don’t understand.

  12. Actually, Jobs did NOT demonstrate iChat screen sharing–he demonstrated the presentation mode, which is COMPLETELY different. iChat screen-sharing, which was promised last year at Leopard’s introduction, would allow multiple users conversing through iChat to see and control whatever was on the screen. Nice that you are so insulting re something you obviously don’t understand.

  13. Actually, Jobs did NOT demonstrate iChat screen sharing–he demonstrated the presentation mode, which is COMPLETELY different. iChat screen-sharing, which was promised last year at Leopard’s introduction, would allow multiple users conversing through iChat to see and control whatever was on the screen. Nice that you are so insulting re something you obviously don’t understand.

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