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Apple cuts laptop production – report

Apple management appear to be setting the scene for a tough few months as global governments engage in plans to prevent economic melt-down, with recent claims of reduced iPhone production now joined by claims of laptop production decreases.

DigiTimes today is reporting that Apple and Asustek recently reduced their “notebook outsourcing for the fourth quarter this year by 20-30 per cent”, causing repercussions at Quanta and other manufacturers.

Asustek’s estimated Q4 notebook shipments will only reach 1.7 million units, the report says, noting that demand in the first half of the year is likely to decline.

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Sony makes nice with iTunes on film, music follows?

The reviews called it the “must-see comedy of the summer” and as winter closes in Sony has revealed an iTunes plan for the DVD release of ‘Pineapple Express’.

Sony Pictures Home Entertainment has signed-up to offer an iTunes Digital Copy of the film on the DVD or Blu-ray versions of the movie sold in the US from January 6.

UK and US customers who purchase a DVD also get an additional Digital Copy of the movie which can be popped inside iTunes, and then played back on the computer or Apple’s range of digital devices.

This means iTunes, iPod, iPhone and Apple TV owners will be able to extract a legitimate copy of the film for playback on their computers and digital devices when they buy the disc. Sony will also offer versions for playback on Windows PCs and the PlayStation Portable.

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Pete Jenner speaks at MusicTank seminar

Highly-respected music manager Pete Jenner will speak at the third of MusicTank’s ‘Lets Sell Recorded Music’ events, in a speech focusing on how we can license compelling alternatives to file sharing.
 
The event – which takes place November 18 at the MCPS-PRS Alliance – will also feature Beggar’s Simon Wheeler, Jez Bell From MCPS-PRS Alliance, Clintons’ Tom Frederikse On Panel.
 
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Apple offers Europe door-to-door fulfillment

Apple has introduced a new Europe-wide gift delivery service, enabling customers to buy products from the company store for delivery across Europe.

When customers buy from the Apple Online Stores using the new gifting service, they are guaranteed safe, secure payment using credit cards; courier delivery to family and friends across 15 European countries; with returns and refunds are covered by the return policy of the Apple Online Store where the recipient is based enabling easy local returns.

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Why the majors should go DRM-free with iTunes

Major labels are happy now to sell DRM-free music through retailers such as Amazon and 7Digital, but Apple remains locked out, with three of the four majors denying it permission to sell tracks DRM-free through its iTunes Plus service – even though it’s the largest US music retailer. But this may soon change.

9to5Mac claims Sony Music will make moves to license its tracks for sale through iTunes Plus in the coming “weeks or months”, with some speculating a potential announcement at Macworld San Francisco.

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Guns N’ Roses make iTunes link for new album

Don’t say we didn’t try to warn you yesterday, but it looks like Guns N’ Roses are getting a whiff of digital, promising a free advance track from forthcoming album, ‘Chinese Democracy’ to customers pre-ordering the release.

The long-awaited album ships in the US on November 23 and the UK on November 24. Fans who order a copy from Sunday (November 9) will get the album’s title track immediately, and will be able to get hold of the album in its entirety come release day.

You won’t see these details on iTunes just yet – the album’s not yet listed on the US or UK stores, so watch the artists page, we reckon – well, that’s if you’re curious about the album.

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‘Rescue Me’ series 4 episode 1 is free on iTunes

Just as we promised you last month, the fourth series of US firefighter drama ‘Rescue Me’ made its debut exclusively on iTunes in the UK this week.

It’s a landmark of sorts, as this is the first time a major television series has debuted exclusively through iTunes, and Sony Pictures Television and UK newspaper The Telegraph teamed-up to offer the first episode of the new series for free download through iTunes this week, which could be something for the weekend.

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Virgin Media and BSkyB reach peace deal

Virgin Media and BSkyB have ended their conflict, reaching an accord which will cause Virgin’s channels to stay on BSkyB and channels from the latter broadcaster return to Virgin.

The first agreement will see the return, on 13 November, of Sky’s Basic channels – including Sky1, Sky2, Sky3, Sky News, Sky Sports News, Sky Arts 1, Sky Arts 2, Sky Real Lives and Sky Real Lives 2 – to Virgin Media’s cable TV service.

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Official UK subscription chart launches

The Official Charts Company (OCC) has launched a music subscription chart, which ranks the most played tracks by UK users of subscription services.

Data is based on that supplied by Napster, Omnifone (which operates the Music Station service, currently run through Vodafone), HMV and the Nokia Music Store.
 
Initially, the data will comprise a weekly Top 500 most-played tracks for industry use, with top-line market stats for each week. The data will be incorporated into the OCC’s definitive online database in 2009. The chart company will also add data from additional subs services as they launch in the UK.
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UK digital media service Wippit shuts shop

After eight years, innovative UK-based online music service Wippit ceased trading today.

Speaking exclusively to Distorted Loop, the company explained: “Wippit has closed. After eight years of pushing the digital boundaries, Wippit can no longer compete in the current market climate. Thank you to everyone that has supported us over the years and apologies to those that will miss us.”
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