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Saturday, December 03, 2005

iPod scuttlebut: New content deals, streaming

Think Secret has this piece hinting that Apple is on the verge of announcing content deals with NBC, CBS, and Paramount Pictures. Wonder if we'll start seeing full-length films on the iTunes Music Store soon - and what the price will be. (My guess is somewhere around $3.99 or $4.99 - certainly not the $1.99 they're charging for hour-long TV shows.)

Think Secret also says that new technology from Apple will enable the company to sell streaming movies or TV shows that never exist on the buyer's hard drive (IE, a one-time-only viewing). Think Secret's Ryan Katz writes, "The system will also likely support downloading the video content to supported iPods but at no time will it ever actually be stored on a computer's hard drive." I have no idea how you can get content from the iTunes Music Store to a Mac to an iPod without ever having a copy of it on your hard drive. You?

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