updated 10:45 am EDT, Thu July 31, 2008
Disney iTunes sales
During a conference call for the company's Q3 2008 results, Bob Iger, president of the Walt Disney Corporation, has announced that since agreeing to sell movies through the iTunes Store, the company has sold over five million titles. Iger insists however that the presence of Apple CEO Steve Jobs on the board of directors has not influenced any decisions on content distribution. "Some of our agreements were signed before the purchase of Pixar," says Iger.
Before the studio was absorbed by Disney, Jobs was at one point the chairman and CEO of Pixar. The company's short films have also been some of the first to appear in iTunes video libraries, before even the general availability of movies and TV shows.
At the last Macworld Expo in January, prior to the announcement of rentals, Apple announced that it had sold a total of seven million films. Up until June films were exclusively available in the United States, but are now also available in the United Kingdom and Canada.