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Ooh, ooh, stayin’ alive

In a double salvo of Saturday Night Fever-related retro chic, Paramount Digital Entertainment has made the film available through iTunes, while also releasing an accompanying iPhone application.

First released in 1977, Saturday Night Fever- starred John Travolta as Tony Manero, a troubled Brooklyn youth who diverted attention away from his troubles with his job, parents, community and friends by dancing in the local disco club. Considered to be a huge commercial success, the movie significantly helped to popularize disco music around the world and made Travolta a household name.

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Apple iTunes faces battle in Japan

Nokia’s ‘Comes With Music’ may already have generated its first fan-site, but questions remain on the future for mobile music services – surely the usability factor doesn’t yet match desktop alternatives, such as iTunes?

Apple does offer the iTunes Store for WiFi, and has before been rumoured to hold plans for its very own mobile music service, though this may prove less successful if aimed at iPhone users alone. As an incremental addition, iTunes for WiFi offers something like a mobile experience.

That no one beyond Nokia appears yet to be aiming to offer a full package (hot potato) mobile music service, incumbents must surely be mulling the latest figures to come out of Japan.

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Large US radio broadcaster inks iPhone app deal

Radio shows from 62 US stations are now available to iPhone and iPod Touch owners running the Radiolicious application following a landmark deal between developers, MySimBook and US radio network, Regent Communications.

Regent owns and operates 62 stations (50 FM and 12 AM) clustered in 13 markets in Colorado, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Minnesota, New York, and Texas.

Now Regent’s 57 existing internet radio station streams will be made available through Radiolicious. Regent is the first major radio group to contract for all of its streaming stations to be available through the application.

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More Koch Digital movies coming to iTunes

Koch Entertainment Distribution’s Koch Digital imprint plans to make its catalogue of home videos available for purchase through iTunes.

Michael Rosenberg, president of Koch Entertainment Distribution, said, “Making key titles from our home video library available on iTunes helps position Koch as the premier independent aggregator in the digital distribution space with the broadest distribution network of any independent. Koch Digital is now the leading independent digital distributor for both audio and video content.”

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UK retail giant hopes to dent iTunes

Giant UK high street retailer, Tesco, has its sights on the online media market, with its Tesco Digital arm in talks with the BBC, ITV and Fremantle Media to offer TV shows and films through its store.

The company hopes to rival iTunes with its service, which it hopes to launch before Christmas.

Content providers are understood to be interested in the plan, partially because Tesco is such a major UK retailer with a proven ability to sell that it could have a huge impact on the emerging online video market.
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Nvidia plans games-focused iTunes player?

We need to keep this in the rumour and speculation department, but there’s a rumour Nvidia may be creating a digital content distribution platform to rival Apple’s iTunes.

TechTree tells us there’s rumours going around suggesting the graphics processor company plans to introduce its own digital content distribution service, presumably to offer games.
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T-Mobile challenge for iTunes films

T-Mobile will challenge iTunes with its own video-on-demand service for full length video, including film.

The company plans offering a dual service in which content can be watched using a mobile phone or a computer, New Media Age reports.

T-Mobile is currently discussing its notion with a variety of content suppliers, including Ministry of Sound, EMI, ITV, Universal and Warner.
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