Apple Sells 1M Videos on iTunes

Oct 31, 2005  •  Post A Comment

Apple Computer announced Monday that it has sold 1million videos in the 20 days since it first began offering videos, including episodes of ABC’s “Lost” and “Desperate Housewives,” on its iTunes Music Store.

The maker of the popular iPod didn’t disclose what portion of those million sold were episodes of the popular television series, which are available for $1.99 a download after they’re first broadcast on television.

“Selling 1million videos in less than 20 days strongly suggests there is a market for legal video downloads, ” said Apple CEO Steve Jobs in a statement.

ABC parent The Walt Disney Co. on Oct. 12 announced an alliance with Apple to make available a number of television series for download on iTunes a day after the show airs on its respective cable or broadcast network. In addition to “Desperate Housewives” and “Lost,” Disney is making available episodes of ABC’s “Night Stalker” as well as Disney Channel’s “That’s So Raven” and “The Suite Life of Zack & Cody” on Disney Channel.

The pact between Disney and Apple has roiled some ABC affiliates, which have balked that ABC officials did not give inform them about the alliance until after the fact.