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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.

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21

Well, at least the price point is lower than what those bozos at Sony initially did with their idiotic UMD format for the PSP.

Posted by flatline response on September 4, 2006 at 10:38 AM (PDT)

22

I think that Apple should come out with some type of innovative technology that allowed iPod users to rip/transfer DVD movies to their iPods as easily as you can with CDs, so that you can take movies with you where ever you go.  And then if you wanted to watch them on a bigger screen, you simply plug in an A/V cord from iPod to TV and watch a movie, with the picture quality being the same as a regular DVD.  Of course, there’s many security issues regarding this, but it would be nice.

Posted by chris on September 4, 2006 at 12:22 PM (PDT)

23

I don’t do a lot of shopping through the ITMS (maybe two or three songs a month) and I doubt the release of movies is going to increase that for several reasons.  The price, the lack of compatibility/drm, probable lack of the “Special features” included with most dvds to some extent, and the fact that an ipod screen, even if they release an ostensibly “widescreen” ipod video, is still too small to watch a movie on.  now if i could load a movie onto it and play it back on whatever television or computer monitor I wanted without losing any image quality, that would be something, but overall this announcement is really underwhelming

Posted by Chibithulhu on September 4, 2006 at 2:41 PM (PDT)

24

You’d think Apple would have learned from Sony’s huge UMD blunder, that nobody wants to pay as much for a low resolution movie they can only watch on a restricted number of devices as they would for the DVD, where the DVD has higher resolution, high quality surround sound, bonus material, near ubiquity and can be converted into formats that the iPod and PSP can play anyway.

Posted by phennphawcks on September 5, 2006 at 6:11 AM (PDT)

25

Wow.  As I can get new movies for $14.99, I’ll stick with DVDs lol.

Posted by Jing on September 6, 2006 at 11:00 AM (PDT)

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