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SanDisk Baits Apple And Woos Rockbox

jlaxson Re:Clever Campaign. (374 comments)

The RDF here is as strong as the one that allowed W get reelected.

Steve Jobs for President!

more than 8 years ago



NBC Backing Out Of iTunes Video Sales

jlaxson jlaxson writes  |  more than 6 years ago

jlaxson (580785) writes "The New York Times reports that NBC has given notice to Apple that it will no longer offer its video content for sale on the iTunes Music Store. The decision will take effect at the end of December, when the current two year contract expires. From the article: "The decision by NBC Universal highlights the escalating tension between Apple and media companies, which are unhappy that Apple will not give them more control over the pricing of songs and videos that are sold on iTunes. NBC Universal is also seeking better piracy controls and wants Apple to allow it to bundle videos to increase revenue, the person familiar with the matter said." Shows affected include Battlestar Galactica, Heroes, and The Office."
Link to Original Source

jlaxson jlaxson writes  |  more than 8 years ago

jlaxson writes "Back in June, a number of accusations were leveled at Apple regarding labor practices in its overseas manufacturing and assembly plants. At the time, Apple denied the allegations and said that it would launch an investigation. Today, the results of the investigation were released. From the report: 'We found the supplier to be in compliance in the majority of the areas audited. However, we did find violations to our Code of Conduct, as well as other areas for improvement that we are working with the supplier to address. What follows is a summary of what we've learned, what's already being done in response, and our commitment to future diligence and action.'"



They just don't get it...

jlaxson jlaxson writes  |  more than 10 years ago I was taking in my daily late-night intake of Slashdot and dropped by the story on Music Companies Increasing Prices. And it occurred to me: They just don't get it. The big 5 labels, the RIAA, they just don't get it.

Now, surely this has been evident for a while, you say. And, I suppose, it has. But I always held out hope that there must be someone up there in the music companies with some semblance of rational thought. Until today. I now declare that there is officially no intelligence whatsoever in the decision-makers at any of the big 5 labels.

When Apple launched the iTunes Music Store last summer, I thought that maybe it was the beginning of an about-face from the end. Give consumers CHOICE, what they WANT, is what the music store is all about. Free us from the shackles of filler songs. Eliminate the plastic disc we'd use only to bring home and rip. Yet, after 8 months of what seemed to be good times, things are slipping again. A number of recent albums are priced anywhere from 10% to 20% MORE online than as a physical product. Now, how can a distribution medium which avoids almost 100% of physical goods, pressing the disc, putting it in a case, packaging, and distribution costs cost 20% MORE than simply transcoding, adding a bit of metadata and sending it off to Apple.

It is certainly the right of music companies to price their products as they wish, however, as even the slightest bit of economics will tell you, as price increases so does demand drop. Perhaps the first thing you will ever learn about economics, and yet they raise prices, and reduce choices. Essentially, making their product less attractive to me and yet crying foul play when sales go down.

The music companies are digging their own graves, and if it continues, perhaps not even Steve Jobs can get them out of this one.

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