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Strong iTunes/Pixar sales; Jobs on movie sale

updated 08:45 am EST, Wed November 9, 2005

Jobs on movie sales

Pixar Animation Studios sold through iTunes in just under one month, according to Macworld UK. The report says that Pixar (and Apple) CEO Steve Jobs was speaking to analysts to discuss his animation company's third quarter results, noting that Apple-watchers may be interested in some of Jobs' comments as regards iTunes and film piracy. "The biggest problem with downloading feature-length films through iTunes is bandwidth, it takes too long in US," he explained. He confirmed his belief that illegal digital sharing of movies is taking place, but stressed: "There is some evidence that shows people downloading movies illegally wouldn't have bought them anyway."




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  1. ibugv4

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    hmm

    could it be because most of the movies out now are sophmoric at best, with bad actors and see-through plots? Or could it be because $40 for the DVD is just a bit much? Viva la Drive in!

  1. Monstermind

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    True dat

    He confirmed his belief that illegal digital sharing of movies is taking place, but stressed: "There is some evidence that shows people downloading movies illegally wouldn't have bought them anyway."

    It's true. I wouldn't have bought half the stuff I have now. Theft rocks.

  1. AlenShapiro

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    How about...

    What about the people who download movies illegally and then go out and buy the movies they enjoyed... to get the higher quality and official auxiliary material. I think that's a *great* way to build a DVD collection. A third of my collection would not have been purchased without my having "previewed" the movies first. That mechanism produces an *increase* in sales (market stimulation).

  1. eswinson

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    How About... Reality?

    Unlike listening to music, watching a movie takes a large amount time and dedicated attention. We may listen to our favorite songs 3 or 4 or even 12 times a day. How many times do you watch "(Insert Favorite Movie Title)" a day? A week? A month? A year? SInce it was released? Most likely at best you can count every time you have seen that movie on one hand or at he very extreme both hands.

    Movie makes only have two chances to get to the end customer Ticket sales and Video sales. Other then that they pick up some money selling to the networks but by then everyone that was going to pay to see it or buy it in the stores has done so.

    Once you have seen a movie even if it was of questionable quality, most people are not going to sit through most movies for a second time. And the certainly are not going to go out and buy the movie. There are some movies that are worth it but not many.

  1. njfuzzy

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Look at sales...

    Aren't we still buying DVDs?

    Unless I am mistaken, before iTunes CD sales were beginning to tank. As far as I know, DVD sales are doing fine.

    Maybe it will be time for an iFilms store once piracy, viewer dissatisfaction, and other factors have begun to hit DVD sales. When people stop buying the old way, they will be ready for the new way.

    That, plus a cool device, are what it took for the iTunes store to take off. The movie store will probably need both elements as well.

    (On a side note, while DVD sales are doing well, movie ticket sales aren't. A digital solution that takes the place of the cinema may be more interesting.)

  1. eldarkus

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Movie Tickets

    "On a side note, while DVD sales are doing well, movie ticket sales aren't."

    I dont think this has much to do with piracy. Rising prices at the theaters dont help and i think convenience is a big factor. I dropped over $2500 on a new TV.. why would I go to the theaters when I can enjoy these films (albeit at a later date) in the comfort of my own home! Not to mention some of the c*** they are putting out now... not worth the $9 risk.

  1. rkadowns

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Huh?

    Steve Jobs knows his stuff, but after comments like what I quote below I've come to the conclusion that when outside his tech world he's nothing more than a very rich contradicting r*****.

    "There is some evidence that shows people downloading movies illegally wouldn't have bought them anyway."

    -Thief says to judge: "You know Worm your Honor, I was never going to ever purchase a Cadillac anyway."

  1. apple4ever

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    re: Huh?

    That statement actually makes sense. I have a friend who downloads LOADS of movies, mostly just to check them out. Yet he still goes out and buys the movies he likes on DVDs. Why? Mostly because he wants the better quality, as well as something physical. A lot of the time he'll download a movie after already seeing it in the theatre, just so he can watch it again. But for some movies, he'll still go watch a movie in the theater 2 or 3 more times, because he likes the big screen.

    I'm very similar(though I don't download anywhere near what he downloads.), and others are too. Many people download movies just to have them or check them out. Ones they don't like they don't buy, ones they do like they buy.

    What I would like to see is simultaneous releases- theater, DVD, and downloads. I know I'd definitely buy more DVDs if they were released like that.

  1. eldarkus

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    to: rkadowns

    Thief says to judge: "You know Worm your Honor, I was never going to ever purchase a Cadillac anyway."

    What a horrid analogy. The Caddy would belong to someone, be it a dealership or consumer. So now youre talking about personal theft, which is different than pirating music and movies. (If I steal Eminem's latest song, does that mean no one else would ever get it? No.) I understand they lose money, but Steve's comment is dead on. Here's why...

    Software industry claims $11 billion a year lost to piracy. yet, that figure is a lie. They are automatically assuming that everyone who downloads a copy would buy it. So everyone who pirated Photoshop, would have forked out the $300 to buy it? HA! they would just simply live without it or find a cheaper/free substitute. Figures are exhadurated to makke them look like poor defenseless software companies. The Record and movie comppanies are no different and are probbably worse offenders than the software companies.

  1. sixcolors

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Good movies

    I downloaded 'Serenity' recently... It's not like I did not want to go see it or that I would not buy/rent it on dvd... It was out of the good theaters, not it the cheap theaters yet and not on dvd.

    So I turned to the only source supplying the film... piracy.

    You have to make it more convenient for me to buy a dvd or go to a movie or I will just download it.

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