Another iTunes Defector (updated) [7:40 am]
Testing the relative power of the content brand with the distributor (and playback) brand — and trying to avoid replicating the “Walmart dilemma” for digital content producers: NBC says deal with iTunes will end — pdf (also, this version)
NBC Universal, unable to come to an agreement with Apple on pricing, has decided not to renew its contract to sell digital downloads of television shows on iTunes.
Apple’s agreement with NBC ends in December. Since NBC would withdraw their shows in the middle of the television season, Apple has decided to not offer NBC TV shows for the upcoming television season beginning in September.
*Snap* (In case you missed it, September starts *tomorrow*!)
Acknowledging its proprietary audio technology was a marketplace flop, Sony Corp. is shuttering its Connect digital music store and will open its portable media players to other formats.
[...] “This gives customers greater flexibility in their music software approach,” the company said in a statement. “As a result, Sony will be phasing out the Connect Music Services based on Sony’s ATRAC audio format in North America and Europe.”
Sony spokeswman Linda Barger said the new Walkman players will no longer directly support ATRAC.
“We are offering conversion software to convert ripped non-secure ATRAC files to MP3,” she said in an e-mail.