Apple v. NBC In iTune Tiff, Nokia Levels an iPhone Challenge while the iPhone Gets More Apps, and More

Apple v. NBC In iTune Tiff, Nokia Levels an iPhone Challenge while the iPhone Gets More Apps, and More

NBC v. Apple: Talking tough about taking its TV shows off of iTunes, NBC it widely appears, is trying to push Apple for better terms. While it seems like video downloads are just a small portion of Apple’s iTunes business, NBC is about to launch its own online video site and has partnered with News Corp. with wider plans to distribute content free through MSN, AOL, Yahoo, among others. Does Apple care? Enough to not be available to comment.


The Sincerest Form of Flattery: Nokia announced at their GoEvent that they’re developing an iPhone rival to debut in early 2008. Most of the features are exactly like the iPhones (Nokia first demoed their iPhone rival August 29th)—music, games et al. When Nokia was asked about the striking similarity between this and the iPhone, Nokia's Executive Vice President and General Manager of Multimedia, Anssi Vanjoki, said, "If there is something good in the world then we copy with pride." Like a good legal team?


Speaking of the iPhone: The iPhone is making corporate inroads with a few more business apps loading in/on. WebEx’s remote access service PCNow lets you use Skype and its MediaTone network is supposed to add an extra measure of safety as a counter to those folks who had decried the security of the iPhone. So now you can get into your PC desktop files, corporate email, appointments and contacts. Sure. Just what we need.


iPod Stock-i-ness: Even if the market’s been generally unsettled, brokers being scared of everything up to and including their own shadows, the rumors of a new iPod are driving Apple shares higher in mid-day trading. While the shares of Apple are floating around $137, down from the pre-jitter July high of $148.92, the new iPod is driving buzz up, up and up. More on this as it develops.



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If it is true that Apple would have to charge $4.99 per episode to make NBC happy this would be retarded on NBC's part. Let take Heroes for example. If I buy the whole season of Heroes on iTunes, it would cost me $42.99. If I bought it at $4.99 it would cost me approximately $114.00 for a season. Hell, I might as well wait until the DVDs come out and rip them myself.

NBC is making one big mistake after another. They've already screwed up the Sci-fi channel and now this.


Jeff Swaim

I'd hope that if NBC ultimately refuses to drop to Apple's price, Apple will rise to theirs rather than loose the deal completely. NBC has a lot of great programming, and Apple would loose a lot of subscribers and profit if they failed to make the deal.



That's about the most stupid comment I've ever read. Also, you might want to learn how to spell.



sorry for their bad English! :) I'm from Ukraine, and my English is bad too :) Pardon.



First off, it's a shame that the first article link to the WSJ is only a "free preview" and that you have to subscribe to read the full article. Yea WSJ.

I'm concerned about this for one reason only... Battlestar Galactica. SciFi is owned by NBC/Universal and the ONLY way I've been keeping up with this show over the last year and a half was by purchasing the episodes through iTunes. I have 2 full seasons of iTunes format episodes burned to DVD. If NBC/Universal breaks off to do its own thing, I won't be following them. The last thing I want or need is to pay more to download the last season in a different format.

Hard to believe that I'm looking back on the Beta/VHS wars as "the good ol' days." At least then there were only two formats... now there are several, and keeping them straight is a drag.

But then, knowing how things work, NBC/Universal will probably go with DRM-locked Windows Media, which won't play on my Mac unless I throw Windows on it first. So they would want me to pay more for an incompatible format playable only on another operating system that I don't currently use? Thanks but no thanks. I love the show but it's not worth that much to me.

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