Napster has been looking for a buyer for a while now and it seems that they’ve finally found one: Best Buy.
According to a story at Reuters, the electronics retail giant will be buying Napster for $121 million in cash. Included in the deal will be approximately $67 million in cash and short term investments held by Napster, sot he net cost of the deal to Best Buy will be more like $54 million.
The deal is expected to close by the end of the calendar year and all 140 Napster employees are expected to remain at their Los Angeles headquarters.
After first showing up in Circuit City’s inventory screen, the not announced by pretty much guaranteed Nikon D90 DSLR has now shown up in Best Buy’s inventory system.
Looks like it will have a price of $1,299.99, the same one confirmed by Circuit City. The date in the screenshot shows September 1st but according to Engadget’s tipster it won’t be in stock until the 7th.
[Via Photography Bay]
Right now the only place to buy an iPhone 3G is either at an Apple or an AT&T store but beginning next month you’ll have another option.
Best Buy announced that beginning on September 7th the iPhone will be available at their 970 US-based stores giving consumers another choice and Apple a better chance of hitting their target of selling 10 million iPhones by the end of 2008.
In a cheap excuse to make a few bucks off of people threatened by technology, Best Buy is now offering a service that will pair your Bluetooth-supporting cell phone with your Bluetooth headset for $9.99.
If you’re really, really not comfortable with technology then honestly it might be worth it–$10 and it works.
Otherwise, have a go at it yourself and save the money. Check the manual for your phone and your headset for pairing instructions and you can be done in two minutes.
Popular Linux distribution Ubuntu is sponsored and distributed by Canonical and while technically it’s free if you download it, Canonical is taking a chance with it and sending it to Best Buy in retail packaging.
The boxed version of Ubuntu will sell for $19.99 and be available at Best Buy both online and in their retail stores.
Why pay for something that’s free?
It comes with a quick-start guide and, most importantly new Linux users, 60-days of installation and setup support from ValuSoft, one of Canonical’s partners.
Steve George, Canonical corporate service director, says “by adding a 60 day support service, ValuSoft are making it easier for consumers to install and get started with Ubuntu…Installing an operating system of any kind is still a scary task for many people so offering a ‘helping hand’ is a great reassurance for the new user and will help tremendously with the success of the product in this category.”
Does Ubuntu deserve all the attention it gets? I think so–it’s a great distribution and I use it on one the computers in my office. Do I think it’s ready to replace Windows? No, note yet but Ubuntu and some other Linux distributions are getting close and the installation and setup support sure helps.
For more info about Ubuntu’s retail plans check out their blog post here.
[Via Ars Technica]
Korean PC maker TG Sambo has unveiled a new all-in-one desktop computer called Lluon that is expected to head to the US this Summer.
The Lluon has the same basic styling of Apple’s iMac as well as the Dell and Gateway One models for a good reason–it’s a style that makes sense for a lot of users with it’s small desktop footprint.
The Lluon will feature a DVD drive, 2x USB ports, mic and audio jacks,and dedicated multimedia buttons on the side.
It also appears to have Ethernet and DVI ports and a few other jacks that may be FireWire and USB.
As you can see, not a whole lot is known yet about this shiny black PC including when it will be available and how much it will sell for but I’ll be sure and post anything I hear.
European mobile phone retailer The Carphone Warehouse is coming to the US.
With roughly 2,300 locations throughout Europe the UK-based giant has quite a presence but the name is mostly likely not recognized by many in the US.
That, however, should be a temporary problem as there are plans to open nearly 1,000 outlets throughout the US, some in Best Buy stores (similar to the mini Apple stores in some Best Buy locations, I’d imagine) with others occupying retail space of their very own. It’s not clear yet what their timeframe is for opening this many stores but the first is expected later this year.
Why in Best Buy stores? Because Best Buy owns 3% of the company.
For more details check out the full story at Business Week here.
As expected, the Asus Eee PC is now available at Best Buy and comes with Windows XP.
The device is available for $399.99 but keep in mind that it’s the one with the 7-inch display and not the one with the 9-inch display which should be launching soon.
If you haven’t been able to check out an Asus Eee PC in person yet, you’ll soon have a chance to at Best Buy.
Laptop Mag is reporting that the 7-inch version of the Eee PC (the same one that you can find online and at other retailers like Central Computers right now) will be available pre-loaded with Windows XP Home for $399 in April.
Will it be available at ALL Best Buy’s or just some locations? Not sure yet.
Here are the full system specs of the Eee PC 4G in case you’re not so familiar with it:
- Colors: Pearl White, Black
- LCD Size / Type: 7″ Wide
- LCD Resolution: 800 x 480 (~WVGA)
- LCD Type: TFT
- Graphic: Intel UMA
- Chipset: Intel Mobile Chipset
- Processor: Intel Mobile CPU
- Memory: 512MB DDR2
- S.S.D Storage (Solid State Disk): 4GB
- OS: Windows XP Home Preloaded
- Software: MS Works, Windows Live
- Audio: High-Definition Audio CODEC
- Microphone: 1 Internal Microphone
- Speakers: 2 Internal Stereo Speakers
- Audio Jack-Out (3.5mm)
- Audio Jack-In (3.5mm)
- Wireless Included: 802.11 b/g
- LAN / Connector: 10/100 Mbps / RJ-45
- 3 USB 2.0 ports
- Memory Card Reader: MMC/SD(SDHC)
- VGA Port 1 (D-sub 15 pin)
- Integrated Camera
- Battery: four-cell 4400mAh
- Battery Life: 2.8 hours
- AC Adapter Output: 9.5V, 22W
- AC Adapter Input: 100-240V AC, 50/60Hz universal
- Unit Weight: 2.0 lbs (with battery)
- Unit Dimensions: 8.86 x 6.30 x 0.79 ~ 1.26 inches
I was able to play with an Eee PC a little while back and while I do like it I found the screen too small.
Today Best Buy announced that anyone who had purchased an HD DVD player from them before February 23, 2008, can request a complimentary $50 gift card for each player purchased.
You get to keep your player, they just want to help ease the pain after the format wars came to a sudden end.
Qualifying models include:
- Toshiba HD-A1, HD-A2, HD-A20, HD-A3, HD-A30, and HD-A35
- Microsoft Xbox 360 HD DVD add-on drive model 9Z5-00013
Brian J. Dunn, president and chief operating officer for Best Buy said, “the DVD format war has divided our customers in a way we haven’t seen since Betamax took on VHS more than 20 years ago. At Best Buy, we understood and shared our customers’ frustrations as they were being asked to choose one format or the other. Now that the format war is over, we hope these gift cards will reassure our customers that we will help them make a smooth transition into the right technology for their needs.”
If you don’t want to keep your HD DVD player, beginning on March 21st Best Buy will accept it as a trade-in for a Best Buy gift card at their Trade-in Center here.
For more information check out their HD DVD Action Center here.