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Fox DVD ships with iTunes-compatible digital file


An iTunes user has found evidence of an iTunes-compatible digital file on a Fox DVD slated for release on Jan. 15, the day of Apple CEO Steve Jobs’ upcoming keynote address. According to pictures from a Mac with the Family Guy (Blue Harvest) DVD loaded, the disc contains a “Fox Digital Copy” file that “requires iTunes version 7.6 or newer.” iTunes 7.5 is the current version, which suggests that Apple plans to announce iTunes 7.6 on or before January 15. The DVD package itself says to “Visit for more information,” but the site currently only contains information on PlaysForSure digital files, which Fox has been including on select DVD releases for some time; however, it does provide further support that a serial number will be required to access the digital file. In early December, it was reported that Apple and Fox were working on a movie deal, which would include both sales of the studio’s films on iTunes, as well as plans to offer iTunes-compatible digital copies of the films on DVD releases.

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That’s what I’m talking about!

Posted by Daniel on January 8, 2008 at 1:28 PM (CST)



I can hardly wait to find out what this means…

It would be amazing to have a second movie on a DVD, ready to transfer to an iPod.

No more time spent converting!

Posted by davidosus on January 8, 2008 at 1:29 PM (CST)



expecting iTunes 7.6 to have a major overhaul as well!

Posted by andy2808 on January 8, 2008 at 1:50 PM (CST)


This is long overdue. God bless Handbrake and all, but iPod-ready video files are sorely needed in this day and age.

Posted by Flippy Hambone on January 8, 2008 at 2:30 PM (CST)


come on jan 15….

Posted by twitzgall on January 8, 2008 at 2:34 PM (CST)

1 is updated now, with trailer videos and more. Looks like the portable copy is a reality!

Posted by chaddosan on January 8, 2008 at 5:19 PM (CST)


Thanks for the heads-up, chaddosan. I hope this will be as seamless as it appears.

Posted by Flippy Hambone on January 8, 2008 at 5:59 PM (CST)


(Not currently compatible with Apple’s video iPod, Sony PSP, or Microsoft Zune)

This is from the fox website so i hope this changes soon other wise just another wasted opportunity.

Posted by Steven Bates on January 8, 2008 at 6:37 PM (CST)


hopefully they fix the errors with itunes and vista crashing while my ipod classic (160gb) is hooked up.

anyone have this problem?

Posted by dunnypop on January 8, 2008 at 11:05 PM (CST)


But surely this just means more data space being taken up on the disc, leaving less space for the actual dvd-video itself, and therefore a higher compression rate on the video. I’d rather stick with handbrake.

Posted by saveferris91 on January 9, 2008 at 3:18 AM (CST)



the site says to put disc two in your computer, so it looks like they are not compressing the original film further to allow more space for the portable version.  this was my concern at first as well. it still like my movies at a certain quality and file size to fit on my iPhone, so Handbrake is still probably going to get used (unless they decide to put multiple compressions on that second disc).

Posted by franticnomad on January 9, 2008 at 9:14 AM (CST)


indeed it does mean more space on disk being taken up - a need for a higher capacity High Def disk. Oh that’s right, Blu-Ray is exactly that. I’ve always maintained that blu ray is long term solution and HD-DVD is short term. it sthe DVD 1.5. BLu ray is next step in tech.
Lets get these portable copies as standard on them Sony! A beautiful and long overdue development.
Dan x

Posted by Daniel Nicholls on January 9, 2008 at 9:18 AM (CST)

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