Apple and Fox team up to offer ‘American Idol’ performances on iTunes

Apple announced today that it has partnered with Fox Broadcasting Company, Fox Interactive Media, 19 Entertainment, and FremantleMedia to allow customers to purchase performances from the Top 24 contestants on the hit series ‘American Idol’. Music performances will be available for .99 cents a song, and viewers will be able to purchase the full video Read more…

Apple Gazette Daily 201 – New iPhone, iPod Touch, New Games, More!

New iPhone, iPod Touch models. New games for iPods, and more You can subscribe via iTunes, or by RSS feed, or… you can listen to the episode right here: right here In addition to that, you can also download the Apple Gazette Daily Widget and listen to every episode of the show right on your Read more…

Wal-Mart exec, Kevin Swint, headed for Apple

One of the primary executives responsible for Wal-Mart’s recent, unsuccessful, push into the world of digital downloads has left the mega-retailer to help Apple grow its iTunes business internationally. Kevin Swint, former divisional manager for digital media at Wal-Mart stores, joins Apple this week in the role of general manager of international video for iTunes. Read more…

How the iTunes Rental model has to change to succeed

With Apple’s delay of the AppleTV update, I’m stuck watching this copy of “The Simpsons Movie” on my wife’s iPhone if I want to actually watch the thing. This experience with the iTunes rental process has made it very clear to me that if Apple is going to succeed with this they’re going to have Read more…

Apple Gazette Daily 198 – Garmin vs. iPhone, Edge Down, and more

The edge network is down from Chicago to Kansas, Garmin is taking on the iPhone head to head, and Amazon has purchased Audible! You can subscribe via iTunes, or by RSS feed, or… you can listen to the episode right here: right here In addition to that, you can also download the Apple Gazette Daily Read more…

Amazon acquires Audible.com

Amazon today announced that it would be acquiring long time Apple partner Audible.com. This is another move in Amazon’s bid to become a dominant force in the realm of digital downloads. Under the terms of the agreement, Amazon.com will commence a cash tender offer to purchase all of the outstanding shares of Audible.com for $11.50 Read more…

“New Soul” song from Macbook Air ad now on iTunes

If you’re like me – and everyone I know – you can’t help but like the new song that is attached to the Macbook Air ad. Well, Apple has heard the demand for the song, and has showcased it in iTunes. You’ll find a link to it on the iTunes frontpage, or you can just Read more…

So just how long do you have to watch those iTunes rentals?

I still haven’t watched the copy of The Simpsons movie that rented last week, and I don’t plan to until the AppleTV update comes down the pipe (hopefully sometime this week)….so I haven’t tried this myself, but MacNN reports that if you watch a movie, and don’t finish it within the 24 hour period, but Read more…

Apple Gazette Daily 196 – Another Apple suit, Macbook Air benchmarks and more

Another Apple lawsuit, iTunes Rental problems and Macbook Air benchmarks. You can subscribe via iTunes, or by RSS feed, or… you can listen to the episode right here: right here In addition to that, you can also download the Apple Gazette Daily Widget and listen to every episode of the show right on your Dashboard. Read more…

A Quick Look at the DRM restrictions of iTunes Movie Rentals

So, I decided I was going to rent a movie in iTunes and review the process, including video quality, here on the site. With that in mind, on Tuesday I rented ‘The Simpson’s Movie’ for $3.99. I chose to rent this on our Mac Mini because that is the Mac that syncs with our AppleTV, Read more…