Apple and Wal-Mart Partnership?

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Variety is reporting that Apple and Wal-Mart are in discussions over an alliance that would ease tensions between the two companies. A previous report indicated that Wal-Mart had warned movie studios against working with Apple. Though Wal-mart denied these claims, this new article reports that three other movie studios had planned on joining in the iTunes launch as of July, but backed out due to threats from Wal-Mart.

The potential Apple/Wal-Mart deal would involve "digital download 'coupon' that would allow consumers to buy movies, TV shows or music on iTunes with Apple paying the retail giant a percentage of the proceeds".

The benefit to Apple would be the ability to gain access to movie titles from the other major studios. Regardless, with no real retaliation against Disney so far, it appears many of the other studios are close to joining iTunes:

Studio sources say the rest of the majors are very close to joining Disney in a deal with Apple but are holding off until the end of the key fourth quarter, when half of all DVD sales occur.
 

840quadra

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I guess this is good for settling the lawsuit. However I don't like the iidea of Wal Mart having ANYTHING to do with Apple!

::EDIT::
There is no Lawsuit between these companies. I am confusing this with an other Apple related story!

I am looking to consult a doctor about this problem! :D
 

andiwm2003

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...this new article reports that three other movie studies had planned on joining in the iTunes launch as of July, but backed out due to threats from Wal-Mart....
remind me please, what are anti trust laws for?
 

zwida

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840quadra said:
I guess this is good for settling the lawsuit. However I don't like the iidea of Wal Mart having ANYTHING to do with Apple!
What lawsuit?

Did I miss something?
 

kwajo.com

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this is horrible. Since Wal-Mart's threat to studios was basically a monopolistic practice, Apple is basically negotiating to allow a Monopoly to be not only legitimized, but compensated for being unethical? Great...:rolleyes:
 

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Is this one of those "keep your friends close, and your enemies closer" cases?

Or would they make good partners?
 

840quadra

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arn said:
there's no lawsuit. quadra was mistaken.

arn
Correct, I have my wires crossed again..

The issue was that Wal Mart was threatening Movie studios, not Apple with a lawsuit.

I have been reading Macrumors and Digg more than I should have today and am getting stories confused.

I think I need to see a Doctor!
 

canolapop

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somebady should firebomb all walmart. However, the comment about it like the jedi hooking up with the sith, i don't quite agree with. we are all biased bc we love apple, however given the chance to be as huge as walmart, apple would take it in a minute. that is any capitalists goal.. infinite growth, infinite power, infinite profit. this is the basis for capitalism, walmart just happens to be a very successful example. so lets not be hypocrictical thats why apple might consider this autrocious move... they understand the capitalist game. sad as it all may be...
 

MinioN8

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Welcome to planet Walmart!

Umm... so Walmart doesn't make any movies, they just threaten NOT to distribute DVDs from major studios if they buddy-up with Apple - Isn't this corporate extortion?
 

mdntcallr

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umm whatever. if walmart sells movie coupons at a discount once in a while, no problem. hell walmart can even sell mac software and mac's.

i just want them to stop blocking the movie studios.

which doesnt sound right to me, cause warners and universal already have deals for movies with alternate online stores.
 

mcarnes

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I don't think Apple should back down to those dic*heads. Apple isn't doing anything wrong, Walmart is. Apple did the same thing with Creative. $100 mil, bah.
 

bdj21ya

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canolapop said:
somebady should firebomb all walmart. However, the comment about it like the jedi hooking up with the sith, i don't quite agree with. we are all biased bc we love apple, however given the chance to be as huge as walmart, apple would take it in a minute. that is any capitalists goal.. infinite growth, infinite power, infinite profit. this is the basis for capitalism, walmart just happens to be a very successful example. so lets not be hypocrictical thats why apple might consider this autrocious move... they understand the capitalist game. sad as it all may be...
Actually it brings me quite a bit of joy. Living in a capitalist society is one of the things that really makes me want to get out of bed in the morning.
 

dernhelm

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MinioN8 said:
Umm... so Walmart doesn't make any movies, they just threaten NOT to distribute DVDs from major studios if they buddy-up with Apple - Isn't this corporate extortion?
Yup. Welcome to planet Earth post 19th century.
 

samwyn

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Wal-mart represents everything that is wrong with this country. I have always thought of apple as a company supported by pot-smoking liberals who hate wal-mart. If apple teams up with them, it would be a sad sad day...