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Report: Apple, Wal-Mart in talks over movie alliance

Apple is currently in discussions with Wal-Mart over an alliance that would allow the retail giant to profit from iTunes Store video downloads, according to a report by Variety. “A deal could take the form of a digital download ‘coupon’ that would allow consumers to buy movies, TV shows or music on iTunes with Apple paying the retail giant a percentage of the proceeds,” the industry magazine reports. “What’s in it for Apple? Since studios (except for Disney, of course) have so far turned a cold shoulder to iTunes because of Wal-Mart’s demands, the computer giant would then gain access to titles from every major.” Wal-Mart, which accounts for 40% of all U.S. DVD sales, reportedly warned Hollywood studios earlier this year that there would be consequences if they signed deals with Apple.

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...strange, after wal-mart’s apparent rebuttal of that rumor.

Posted by OnlyShawn on September 29, 2006 at 10:21 AM (CDT)


Wasn’t Microsoft penalized for using the same tactics?

Posted by ahMEmon on September 29, 2006 at 10:51 AM (CDT)


Gee… sure sounds alot like orgainized crime and “protection” money.

I’ve just vowed never to shop at Wal-mart again….

Posted by AgingGeek on September 29, 2006 at 11:12 AM (CDT)


‘Its a fair cop guv.’ Yes I can just imagine Walmart admitting that they are effectively breaking a whole range of laws and regulatory stipulations.

Posted by spyinthesky on September 29, 2006 at 11:22 AM (CDT)


About the only good thing I have to say about Wal-Mart is that they typically have large parcels of real estate with boring buildings that can be easily bulldozed to make way for far superior city planning and implementation when Wal-Mart leaves.

Posted by FahrenheiPod 451 on September 29, 2006 at 11:23 AM (CDT)


I don’t understand why Wal-Mart would be worried to begin with. From what I can tell, movies on iTunes are mostly going to appeal only to impulse shoppers for a couple of reasons:
1) for about the same price as iTunes, you can get a physical DVD at Wal-Mart,
2) DVD’s don’t have a 5 player authorization limit,
3) Those of us without top-tier internet connections can run a movie through DVD-decrypter and Videora in about the same amount of time that it takes to download it from iTunes.

Posted by fondy44 on September 29, 2006 at 12:59 PM (CDT)


How is this not restraint of trade?

Posted by m.s. on September 29, 2006 at 8:48 PM (CDT)

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