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Apple Strikes Podcasting Deal with Sundance

Apple and the Sundance Channel have struck a deal that will make content from the cable network exclusively available as podcast downloads from the Apple iTunes Web site next month, according to AdAge.com (Subscription Required).

The partnership between the two companies will deliver iTunes one of its first exclusive podcast partners, the online publication says.

Apple is believed to be in the midst of propositioning a vast number of media and entertainment outlets to make their content available via iTunes podcasts, including magazines and radio stations, independent sources have told AppleInsider.

One of the first iTunes podcast features scheduled from the Sundance Channel will be the much-hyped The Al Franken Show, featuring the Air America talk show host. A collection of video clips from the show will also be available for streaming from Apple's website.

AdAge also reports that as part of the barter deal, Sundance will receive Apples post-production editing equipment and expertise. In the future, the two companies may collaborate on the Apple retail level, the report adds.

Apple to Revamp AppleCare (again)

On a completely separate subject, Apple will soon revamp its AppleCare Protection Plan to provide redefined services via a revised two-tiered system, which will be largely based on past experience, the recent increase in Apple product users, and the every-changing role of the retail stores, according to ifoAppleStore.

The project has reportedly been in-the-works for months under an unknown code-name, and is further believed to be part of a much larger restructuring of AppleCare that began last November when the company ousted then vice president Mark Wilhelm amongst a major restructuring.

About this time last year, Apple redefined its AppleCare customer support into a two-tier system consisting of 'Standard' and 'ProCare' packages.

The company also recently appointed a new vice president of AppleCare, Bill Frederick, who replaced Wilhelm.
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As an FYI the ifoAppleStore link has a "space" in it; should be www.ifoapplestore.com not www.%20ifoapplestore.com
post #3 of 17
Can't wait for Rush Limbaugh go apoplectic over the Al Franken deal!

Sundance Channel does a lot of programming with short films. That would be an interesting "proof of concept" for an Apple Video Store, using shorter-length content that's made outside of the big Hollywood production system.
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Hopefully the new AppleCare will allow you to purchase a plan for monitors only...
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Sweet I'm all over that Al Franken.
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post #6 of 17
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Originally posted by Aquatic
Sweet I'm all over that Al Franken.

yeah, with a steaming, hot pile of dog poo.
post #7 of 17
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Sweet I'm all over that Al Franken.

What's a guy gotta say to get quoted in your signature?
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post #8 of 17
No surprise about Al Franken, considering Al Gore is on Apple's board and has a little something to do with that radio network.

At least with podcasting, there might be more than four people listening to Al...
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No surprise about Al Franken, considering Al Gore is on Apple's board and has a little something to do with that radio network.

At least with podcasting, there might be more than four people listening to Al...

Even the libs I am friends with think Air America and Franken especially are one big steaming pile of shit.

Sure hope Apple has something better for the encore.
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Even the libs I am friends with think Air America and Franken especially are one big steaming pile of shit.

Sure hope Apple has something better for the encore.

He can't be a bigger pile of shit than Rush and O'Reilly.
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He can't be a bigger pile of shit than Rush and O'Reilly.

Whatever
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He can't be a bigger pile of shit than Rush and O'Reilly.

All politicians are big ol' piles of shit. Democraps are larger, smellier piles of shit.
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post #13 of 17
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He can't be a bigger pile of shit than Rush and O'Reilly.

No comment since I listen to Boortz.
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No comment since I listen to Boortz.

Boortz is king!!!! No podcast yet, though.

http://boortz.com
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All politicians are big ol' piles of shit. Democraps are larger, smellier piles of shit.

This is usually an excuse by conservatives to explain away their shitty politicians. Like, my guy is bad but so is everyone. Here is what i believe, Republican politicians are big pile of shit. That's it.
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All politicians are big ol' piles of shit. Democraps are larger, smellier piles of shit.

These guys aren't politicians. They're all slanted commentators. Don't pile them into those politician piles. They have their own.

What's really amazing is anyone listens to these people at all (unless you're just listening for the hillarity of the rhetoric). Just prattling on about the same thing over and over and over again (once you take out the specificness of whatever, its the same basic arguments these people were having 10 years ago).
post #17 of 17
Al Franken is hillarious. The book on tape (which he reads) of his book "Lies and the Lying Liars who Tell Them," is terriffic.
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