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iTunes to sell movies by the end of the year?

iPod.jpgiTunes may well be selling movies for download by the end of the year. Filmstalker has already reported that movie downloads were being negotiated between Apple and film studios. But it would seem that the reality is getting closer.

Cinematical reports that an announcement about movie downloads on iTunes could come at Apple Expo on September 12th. Prices may be around $14.99 for new releases and $9.99 for older titles.

I’m not sure if I could watch a whole film on my iPod but then again I don’t commute much to work. And after the success of iTunes in the music download business, it is the next logical step. Click on the full story for the list of films which will gradually be released. The list comes from ipodhub.net through Cinematical.

From Walt Disney Pictures: James and the Giant Peach, Pocahontas, The Lion King, Aladdin, Chicken Little, Herbie: Fully Loaded, Sky High, Ice Princess, National Treasure, Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl, The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe.

From Disney/Pixar: Toy Story, Toy Story 2, Toy Story 3 (?), A Bug's Life, Monsters Inc., Finding Nemo, The Incredibles, Cars.

From Miramax: Cold Mountain, The Hours, Chicago, Cinderella Man, Scary Movie 1,2,3 and 4.

From Touchstone Pictures: The Royal Tenenbaums, Pearl Harbor, The Sixth Sense (with Hollywood Pictures), Unbreakable, Gone in Sixty Seconds, Shanghai Noon, Deuce Bigalow Male Gigolo, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, King Arthur, Hidalgo, Open Range, Signs, Reign of Fire.

Lion's Gate Entertainment will make the following, mostly horror, movies available: American Psycho, Dogma, Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai, Pi, Requiem for a Dream, Open Water, Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights, The Punisher, Fahrenheit 9/11, Crash, Alone in the Dark, Hostel, Saw 1 and 2.



Quite amusing and enjoyable, the films selection. Disney, American Psycho and Darren Aronofski: quite my pattern of tastes.

Watching a movie in an Ipod is quite the opposite of doing that in a cinema. The future of this would the transfer of the files to a format that can be viewed in any TV or more comfortable device.

I agree. It will be interesting to see if you can download it and then burn it onto DVD. I can imagine the film industry being up in arms about that.

Am I the only person in the world that likes going out to buy and rent DVD’s? I like having an excuse to leave the sofa or computer desk. Technology seems to just equal ways to get fat these days. I know it’s the future and progress can’t be stopped, but it’s kind of creepy that technologies great improvements all seem to be ways of helping you stay inside your own home.

I don't believe Apple's ultimate goal to be either iPod playback or DVD playback. Those might be nice side features, but they're not the goal. The end game for Apple is to put something like the Mac Mini on every TV in the house and play movies from iTunes using their FrontRow interface.

Very good point hap.

The movie studios will definitely try to block any attempt at having the movies from iTunes burned to DVD. They could incorporate technology like that used on DivX files and DivX certified players, in that you download a movie and burn it to DVD/VCD, but you have a limited number of plays to view the movie.

Another good reason why I need to replace my nano eh?! :D


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