Tag Archive for ‘Greg Sandoval’

Two Out of Six ➝

Greg Sandoval reporting for CNET:

Apple has yet to sign cloud agreements for feature films with at least four of the top six film studios, according to multiple film industry sources who spoke to CNET.

I would love for Apple to reach these agreements. And, I think that they will. But as expected, these deals are going to take longer than we’d hope. Media companies are hesitant to change, and movie studios are probably the worst offenders.

But, I can’t wait for the day when I can re-download all of the movies that I’ve lost throughout the years.

Google Music Arrives Today ➝

Greg Sandoval reporting for CNET:

While the service is still in beta, users will be able to join by invitation only. Initially, Google is prioritizing attendees of the I/O conference and owners of Motorola’s Xoom tablets, which is the first device to use Android 3.0. After that, the company will then turn to ordinary users who request an invitation, which they can do at Music.Google.com. To access the service, users will require a browser that supports flash–that means no Apple devices–or on any Android device that’s version 2.2 or higher, Levine said.

So, Google is expecting Android users — who are likely already experiencing poor battery life — to stream music to their device with a flash player? Forgive me if I’m overlooking the benefits to this service.

And yes, I understand that Android users will be able to access their libraries while offline as well. Which implies that this service will be as much a music syncing service as it is a music streaming service. But, a browser-based flash player isn’t my idea of The Future of Music.

And if this is going to be a music syncing service for Android, then hype it that way.


Apple to Charge for Music Service ➝

Greg Sandoval regarding Apple’s rumored cloud music service:

Music industry insiders told me that Apple has indicated it could offer the service free of charge initially but that company will eventually require a fee. Google is also expected to charge for a similar service.

This doesn’t sound right to me. Apple doesn’t seem like the sort of company that would start charging for an existing service. Unless, the service is launched with pricing details and a free trial for the first thirty days or so.


90-Second Samples Coming to iTunes ➝

Greg Sandoval reporting for CNET:

An Apple spokesman confirmed for CNET this evening a report by Symphonic Distribution, a digital music distributor, that iTunes would soon be extending the length of song samples from 30 seconds to 90 seconds for songs that are at least two-and-a-half minutes in length. Shorter songs would continue to offer the 30-second sample.

30-seconds was never quite enough time to make a purchasing decision. And, I suspect most iTunes users would often look elsewhere to hear a longer clip of songs they’re considering. But, 90-seconds sounds much more reasonable to me. It’s not the whole song, but is enough to give you an idea of whether or not you’ll enjoy it.

Apple Wants to Store Your Video in the Cloud ➝

Greg Sandoval reporting for CNET:

[Apple’s] representatives have recently spoken with some of the major film studios about enabling iTunes users to store their content on the company’s servers, two people familiar with the discussions told CNET. That’s in addition to streaming television shows and music.

I would love Apple to allow users to re-download previously purchased content at no cost, just as they do with apps. But, I would settle for being able to stream content from their servers, as long as I can delete content without worrying about whether or not I’m going to want to watch it again.