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Report: Apple to price movies at $9.99, $14.99

As briefly mentioned in yesterday’s BusinessWeek article on Wal-Mart’s Hollywood campaign against iTunes movie downloads, Apple is reportedly planning to price movies at $14.99 for new releases and $9.99 for older movies. BusinessWeek claims that Apple will announce the addition of full-length movies to the iTunes Music Store in mid-September, along with “wider-screen iPods.” Interestingly, Apple is said to be planning a special press event on September 12th.

Sonnet offers USB car charger for iPods

Sonnet Technologies has announced its new USB Car Charger for iPod. The charger is compatible with all USB-chargeable iPods, including all current models, as well as the 4G and mini. The $20 charger, which works in any 12V car or 24V truck lighter/accessory jack, features a coiled USB-to-dock cable, power filtering and a user-replaceable fuse, and LED status light.

Apple settles iTunes patent lawsuit

Apple has settled a patent infringement lawsuit filed by Vermont-based Contois Music & Technology, which claimed that Apple stole its design for the iTunes interface. The suit was filed in June 2005, and terms of the settlement were not disclosed. “David Contois, who owns Contois Music & Technology in Essex Junction, filed a lawsuit that accused Apple of stealing his patented design for jukebox software,” reports the Burlington Free Press. “Apple denied the allegations and filed a counterclaim seeking reimbursement of its own legal expenses. The settlement ends all legal actions, and the lawsuit was dismissed, according to records at U.S. District Court in Burlington, where the case was filed.”

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