The secret behind The Beatles’ triumphant appearance on iTunes is revealed, Apple shoots down claims that it’s changing up its executive roster, and pirates take a stand on…”principles.” The remainders for Thursday, January 6, 2010 are better late than never.
So how did Apple convince The Beatles to finally give in and put their music on iTunes? In the words of another famous musical act: “Money money money money…monnnnney.” Reuters is reporting that Steve Jobs and co. are paying royalties directly to The Fab Four, potentially netting much more dough for the lads from Liverpool (and their families). So, you know, I guess they’ll have to change the name of that song.
Apple has denied a report in Bloomberg saying that the company is searching for a new Chief Financial Officer to replace Peter Oppenheimer. What kind of challenges would a new CFO face? According to one portfolio manager, there would be “a lot of money to spend.” So, wait—all I have to be able to do is spend $40 billion? Where do I sign up?
Pirate Apple App Store Innovates With ‘Reverse BitTorrent’ (TorrentFreak)
Hacking group Hackulous says it’s come up with a program called Kickback that will allow users to strip DRM from Mac App Store purchases—but they don’t plan to release it immediately. Says Hackulous admin Dissident:
So we’re not going to release Kickback until well after the store’s been established, well after developers have gotten their applications up. We don’t want to devalue applications and frustrate developers. [emphasis added]
Buhwhaaaaa? I think I can see my own brain.