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iTunes Movies [Sep. 25th, 2006|04:28 pm]
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In the first week of operation, Apple's new iTunes download store has sold 125,000 movies. That's pretty impressive, considering that it's really only one studio's (Disney) titles. It'll likely get even more exciting once the iTV box that Jobs hinted at comes out and you can actually view the purchased films on a TV screen.

I'm not totally thrilled, just because of the DRM on it. AFAIK, Apple's FairPlay for video doesn't have an option to transform it into a non-DRMed form. (With audio, by contrast, you can burn purchased music to CD and then re-rip it as MP3s... And, yes, I do that with my purchased songs.) Anyone have more info on the video DRM aspects?

The other people that aren't too thrilled are WalMart execs. (Which, really, makes me root for Apple even more, just on principle.) Seems they take their low prices seriously and don't like to see Apple undercutting them. They've been visiting executives of other studios and having ominous conversations where they warn the studios not to do business with Apple, lest they find WalMart stops stocking their product.

Anyone else thinking of a Monty Python mafia sketch? ("This is a real nice movie studio you got here. It'd be a shame if someone were to set fire to it." "Set fire to it?" "Fires happen, Mr. Apple-lover. Actors burn.")
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[User Picture]From: twopiearr
2006-09-25 11:56 pm (UTC)
you are correct in that there is no easy, legal way to remove the FairPlay DRM from a purchased iTunes video download. This has been true since the first for sale content appeared on the service; I'm uncertain if the music videos that appeared prior to that are even DRM'd, let alone if there's an easy way to strip it, as MP4 is choppy as fuck on my ancient tower so I never bothered with it.

proverbial "well placed insiders" have suggested that it was a condition of the deal that the products distributed via iTunes not be burnable to DVD. Don't know if this is true. Do know that if it isn't true, there is no intuitive way to do it; video playlists don't activiate the "burn" option the way audio playlists do.

i to am a burner/reripper of my purchased iTunes tracks - of which there are not very many, largely because my portable playback device is a Palm, not an iPod. (largely because i have a palm, and don't have an iPod)

rumors have been circulating that the procedure used by Hymn to remove DRM from iTunes songs can also remove it from video downloads. absolutely zero firsthand knowledge to back this up, so caveat geektor.
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[User Picture]From: nicodemusrat
2006-09-26 04:05 pm (UTC)
It wouldn't surprise me to learn that the not-burnable-to-DVD was required to close the deal.

Though I use an iPod, I also listen to a lot of my music at work, where I have WinAmp. So MP3s are required for that.
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[User Picture]From: wordweaverlynn
2006-09-26 12:38 am (UTC)
Anything -- *anything* -- that screws over Walmart makes me happy. When it's my beloved hippie-dippy Apple doing it, I am even happier.
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[User Picture]From: shockwave77598
2006-09-26 01:57 am (UTC)
I use Itunes because I can burn a CD from the albums I download. When they cancel that, I'll cancel Itunes. These are my Permanent Record Records so I don't have to worry about losing the music in the event of a computer crash or the like. When Apple allows me to burn a DVD of the movies, I'll give that a shot (even though a couple gig on Cable is still hours of transfer time.) Till then, I'll not waste my money.
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[User Picture]From: furahi
2006-09-26 04:29 am (UTC)
Yeah, Wal Mart can be very cruel.
My sister has had to deal with them. One time the printer made a mistake on the boxes of their product; Wal Mart sent all of it (good and bad) back and charged them a $9K fine. $9K may not sound like much for a big company, but for a small Mexican start-up that was REALLY something...
And yet they paid and took all the product back because it's just such a good client =P
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[User Picture]From: nicodemusrat
2006-09-26 03:59 pm (UTC)
That's exactly the sort of thing I had in mind. Plus, they tend to apply lots of price pressure on their suppliers; they basically dictate the prices at which they'll buy. It's disgusting. It's driven a lot of our manufacturing overseas; by itself, WalMart accounts for a measurable percentage of the US trade imbalance.

I don't believe you mentioned the name of the chocolate company (probably quite deliberately). My wife and I are chocolate afficianados and would love to try a new company's chocolate. Since I won't be shopping at WalMart, is there any way you could get me information on how to order some directly, if that's possible?
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[User Picture]From: furahi
2006-09-26 06:32 pm (UTC)
It was indeed deliberate that I omitted the name of the brand in my post. With all the insider information I spilled there I wouldn't want mc to find that, even though the entry is private.
The name is Shoko

Even if you did go to Wal Mart, you wouldn't find them there. They're not selling them in Wal Mart in the US. They can't keep up with the demand as it is, I'm sure U.S. Wal Mart would require at least as much as they're producing right now just for the Mexican Wal Mart and all their other clients; so they'd need a whole new factory.

I'm not sure where they're selling their chocolates in the U.S. I think they'll start with SoCal, Colorado and perhaps Arizona and Texas. I suggested Gigante to my sister, which is a Mexican supermarket chain that's opening a ton of stores in the U.S. (most in SoCal for now).

I will most likely take some samples of her chocolate with me when I go there early next month, I'd be glad to bring a jar for you if you want :)
The chocolate, as I said, is delicious; though you should've tried it when they had just started making it. Back then, mc was his own biggest customer; the company that I developed the system for was a big consumer of chocolate covered raisins, and that was in fact the motivation to start the chocolate factory (especially since McKim, the biggest producer in Mexico, has maxed their capacity and randomly chose clients not to receive their products every now and then... many of my sis' customers have fled McKim because of that)
Anyway, back then they only used something under 1% of non-cocoa oils, only enough to help the chocolate not melt so easily (the other company had vending machines, and sometimes vending machines are placed in places with higher than optimal temperatures).
Now they use a slightly larger percentage of non cocoa oils (it's still low, enough to be able to be called chocolate under the Mexican and European laws; otherwise it'd have to be called chocolate flavored candy); this move driven by mc's profit margins.

It's still very good, but when they had just started it was almost 100% chocolate; better in that aspect than many of the expensive European brands you see like Ferrero Rocher and Austria's Mozart chocolate balls (though those still beat my sister in refinement; their grains are about 6μ, my sister's I think are between 16 and 30μ; that's what gives those chocolates their "Oh my God, it's melting in my mouth in a feast of flavor" characteristic)

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[User Picture]From: kendermouse
2006-09-26 06:11 pm (UTC)
You know, i'd be a LOT more sympathetic to Wally World if i didn't know about their editing for content stance and (at least locally) their decision to NOT carry Letterbox/wide screen additions of movies they sell.

They edit their music CD's and you have to REALLY WATCH because the ONLY way you can tell (or, use to be able to tell, anyway. I think they've been FORCED to change this - but i don't know since i REFUSE to buy music there) was a SMALL notation in the scancode on the CD price sticker. There was even noise that they did it to their DVD's, but i don't know for SURE on that one. If/When i purchase DVD's from there, i make sure it's "non-objectionable" material (ie - cartoon series, G - PG movies, etc.)

I'll think for myself, thank you just the same, WalMart. Which is why Borders, Best Buy, and other SMALL OUTLET shops are where i NORMALLY go for Music and DVD's. The more i hear about WallyWorld and their practices, the more i think Psilence has the right idea... and the LESS i shop there!

Thanks for the heads up.

peace,
the kendermouse
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