Apple Bytes: iTunes Subscription Service, New iPods Coming?
August 22, 2008 at 3:21 PM (PT)
Rumors that APPLE is about to offer a subscription service to its iTUNES store has resurfaced again. What's more, observers have noticed certain retailer behavior that may indicate new iPODS will be rolled out sooner rather than later.
CNETNEWS cites tips coming to three different MAC rumor sites, all saying the same thing -- that a subscription service will be announced in SEPTEMBER, and officially launched in OCTOBER, that will cost about $11 a month. The new service would offer unlimited access to half of its iTUNES Store for $129 a year, or $179 for an iTUNES/MOBILEME combo deal, in the U.S. only. Current MOBILEME subscribers will only have to pay $100 for the subscription service.
Of course, readers are advised to take this with a small hill of salt, as rumors of a subscription service have been popping up for months now -- almost as often as the persistent rumors of iTUNES getting the BEATLES catalog.
New iPod Time?
Elsewhere, APPLEINSIDER is reporting that retailers such as TARGET has been switching the status of various iPOD models from "active" to "discontinued" in their inventory-management systems. That raises the possibility that new models will be introduced next month.
Some observers are confidently predicting a lower-priced iPOD TOUCH; they are not as sure about an iPOD NANO redesign, but wouldn't be surprised to see that happen. WALL STREET analysts expect APPLE to double the capacity of the iPOD SHUFFLE. In any event, expect fire-sale prices on iPODS over the next couple of weeks as retailers get rid of their existing inventory ahead of the new introductions.
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