News in Short: iTunes sells half a million Beatles albums in first week; Netflix hikes subscription cost

by Knowlton Thomas

Apple sells 450,000 Beatles albums in one week

In jus one week, Apple sold nearly half a million Beatles albums through its iTunes digital store. The legendary band was launched, after years of sour negotiations, to much fanfare and plenty of hyping up from Apple.

The best-selling Beatles album in the U.S. is “Abbey Road,” and the best-selling individual track is “Here Comes the Sun," which is in good taste as that happens to be my favourite song of theirs.

Apple dedicated the main page of its iTunes and the front page of its website to the Beatles in a minimalist, black-and-white design theme in homage to the band (and to maximise sales).

Netflix hikes subscription cost, focuses on streaming video

In the U.S., Netflix created a streaming-only subscription plan for $8 monthly, and hiked its streaming plus DVD subscription one dollar, from $9 to $10 monthly.

Netflix has now positioned itself as "primarily a streaming video company delivering a wide selection of TV shows and films over the Internet,” according to chief executive Reed Hastings.

This means that, if they're already beginning to phase out DVD by mail services in the U.S., Canada will likely never see such an offering.

Los Gatos, California, United States

With more than 15 million members, Netflix, Inc. [Nasdaq: NFLX] is the world’s largest subscription service streaming movies and TV episodes over the Internet and sending DVDs by mail. For $8.99 a month, Netflix members can instantly watch unlimited TV episodes and movies streamed to their TVs and computers and can receive unlimited DVDs delivered quickly to their homes. With Netflix, there are... more

blog comments powered by Disqus

Knowlton Thomas

Knowlton Thomas

Knowlton is the managing editor of Techvibes and author of Tempest Bound. Based in Vancouver, Knowlton has been published in national publications and has also appeared on television and radio. Previously he was an editor for New Westminster weekly The Other Press and served on its board of directors. When not working, Knowlton enjoys hiking, tennis, and martial arts. more

Who's Hiring

Recent Comments

Powered by Disqus