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Report: Apple researching iTunes movie service

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By LC Angell

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Published: Thursday, March 2, 2006
News Categories: iTunes

Apple appears to be gauging interest in a potential iTunes movie download service, according to a report by AppleInsider. A consumer survey distributed by California-based Coyote Insight reportedly asks participants to answer a series of questions related to an “iTunes movie service” that would offer full-length movies for download to a computer or iPod.

“This iTunes service would provide access to 1,000 movies on demand which can be downloaded to your computer and, in turn, to your video iPod if you have one, or even your television if it is connected to your computer,” the survey reportedly reads. It also mentions providing access to the movies on a monthly subscription basis for $9.99 or a la carte purchasing of movies for $12.95 each.

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1

BIng bing bing. It’s happening

Posted by Jonathan Keim on March 2, 2006 at 8:43 AM (PDT)

2

Way too expensive.  You can buy a DVD for a little more than that and I can rent a DVD for $3.

Posted by mtnagel in Cincinnati, OH on March 2, 2006 at 8:44 AM (PDT)

3

WHY SUBSCRIPTION SERVICES?!

I thought Apple had realized by now that this method sucks.

Posted by JoshSpazJosh on March 2, 2006 at 9:25 AM (PDT)

4

A subscription makes sense for movies since most people prefer renting over buying (the opposite of music). However, I’m concerned about iTunes—this program is already trying to do too much. iTunes needs a makeover to handle all this video media for which it was not originally designed.

Posted by Rockr on March 2, 2006 at 9:43 AM (PDT)

5

does this mean a new iPod coming out?? :-D

Posted by Saad on March 2, 2006 at 11:03 AM (PDT)

6

That’s my guess. And it’s exactly what happened when the 5g came out. Except with tv shows rather then movies

Posted by Jonathan Keim on March 2, 2006 at 11:21 AM (PDT)

7

I agree with Rockr. Apple keep piling more and more into iTunes because it’s easy and doesn’t involve writing another program for Windows. I don’t really like the way iTunes handles photos. It would be much better if the iPod were directly integrated into iPhoto and iMovie, at least for Mac users.

Posted by Archie on March 2, 2006 at 12:21 PM (PDT)

8

12,95€ is very expensive, you can rent DVD for 2 euros in Europe and VOD is less expensive too.

And what’s about size and quality ? Just streaming ?

Posted by Steph on March 2, 2006 at 1:00 PM (PDT)

9

$12.95 when I can add $5-$10 more and own it on removable media in a nice package with lots of cool bonus features, better sound and picture, etc. or rent it for a fraction of that cost (with most of the same advantages)? Are they hitting the pipe?

Posted by Hrothgar on March 2, 2006 at 1:13 PM (PDT)

10

Haha! Nice one Apple! Cant wait till your stock flops even more!

Posted by Mr.Gates on March 2, 2006 at 1:26 PM (PDT)

11

honestly, a subscription for movies seems reasonable, because one doesn’t watch movies the same way one listens to music. you watch a movie, and then you dont want to watch it again for quite a while, as opposed to songs, where one can want to listen to the same song for a very long time. however, $10 a month is too much for a subscription service. $5 would be more like it

Posted by Bradley on March 2, 2006 at 2:19 PM (PDT)

12

That price is ridiculous.  And what will the resolution be, the same crap the TV shows are?  VHS quality for 13 bucks a pop?

Madness.  Apple is getting WAY too bold based of the success of 99 cent songs…that 13 bucks needs to be more like 5.

Posted by stark23x on March 2, 2006 at 2:29 PM (PDT)

13

Most of you are missing the point.

This is for putting ipod-ready content on your IPOD!
It is not made to compete or replace netflix/blockbuster/corner movie store. If you want to view hi-res video on a tv or PC go buy the DVD!  iTunes is for IPOD viewing.
Sure,you CAN buy a dvd for what a one month fee will cost but then you gotta rip and convert it and that takes time and can be a hassle.

Some of you will ocntinue to miss the point and say “but,I dont wanna watch movies on an ipod”. Fine…thats why you have Blockbuster!

Also,the subscription model is perfect. I am not gonna pay $15 for a single ipod-ready movie,watch it once,maybe twice over a 30 day period and then not again for a year! I’d much rather pay 2.99 and have the movie file for 72 hours or,9.99 and be able to download a few movies,watch them and then let ‘em expire.

Most movies I watch once and not again for a very long time if ever and I have no desire to ‘own’ these movies thus taking up harddrive space.

Posted by fatcat on March 2, 2006 at 9:17 PM (PDT)

14

...Yeah but people can just buy/rent the movie they want and have the dvds encoded to proper ipod format using videora or the itunes software…. but still keep the original with all the perks! I understand some people dont watch movies on their ipods, but creating a subscription for movies to be played on 3inches device and for $13/month is quite ridiculous. Just buy the original dvd and ripp them using the mentioned software and let apple deal with the loss. Basically lazy people, or those who dont know much about computers will subscribe to these services!

Posted by twocents on March 3, 2006 at 12:30 PM (PDT)

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