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.
Pricing in the UK will be:
- £6.99 for library titles
- £10.99 for new releases
- £2.49 for library rentals
- £3.49 for new release rentals
- High definition rentals will be £1 more
Pricing in Canada will be:
- CAN$9.99 to purchase catalog titles
- CAN$14.99 to get recently released movies
- CAN$19.99 to purchase new movies
- CAN$3.99 for renting a library title (a dollar more for HD)
- CAN$4.99 for new release rental (a dollar more for HD)
Best Buy has announced that in addition to accepting cell phones and ink cartridges, 117 of their stores in Baltimore, San Francisco and Minnesota are taking part in a new test program to accept e-waste.
At any of the participating locations you can bring in two items per day, regardless of where you bought the items from.
Items that cannot be accepted are:
- Televisions or monitors larger than 32 inches
- Console television
- Air conditioners
For a list of participating locations check out this list.
For more info about Best Buy’s electronics recycling program, check out this press release.
Streaming movie rental company Vudu is beginning a test with Best Buy who will be carrying the companies set-top device at 24 of their locations in California to see how well it sells.
The device does cost more than an Apple TV ($295 versus $229) and is missing a few things like being able to stream music or view photos, but what it does do–movie rentals–it does very well with an easy to use interface.
Currently Vudu offers roughly 5,500 movies, 1,000 TV show episodes and 150 HD movies.
If you’ve been eager to get your hands on the HTC Touch handset this weekend you’ll have your chance as the handset will be coming to “select” Best Buy locations across the country this weekend.
The Touch will be the first handset to ship with Windows Mobile 6.1 pre-installed and its features will include:
- TouchFLO touchscreen interface
- 16-key keypad and slide-out 20-key keyboard and
- HSDPA, 3G, and GPRS/EDGE/GSM support
- Live HTC Home screen featuring time, weather info, quick launcher and one-touch ring tone settings
- 2 megapixel camera for taking photos and videos, and a second camera for video calls
The Touch will go for $549.99 unlocked.
For more info check out the product page here.
While Microsoft is already an investor in Facebook (to the tune of $240 million), a new rumor making the rounds is that Microsoft is considering buying the social networking site outright.
According to journalist Kara Swisher at AllThingsD, Microsoft is sending “subtle signals” to Facebook via bankers to see if the company might be interested in being acquired.
If this were to happen, I wonder if Facebook might take a nosedive in popularity simply because it would be owned by Microsoft? Or maybe the opposite would happen, and it would join the Zune Social and actually increase the number of people using Facebook?
Could be interesting.
So far I love the heck out of my Apple TV but one thing it’s been missing has been the ability to buy movies. Sure you could rent them, or buy them from your computer and watch them on your Apple TV but why not just be able to buy them right from the Apple TV?
Looks like now you can, no hacking required. It looks like a firmware isn’t required, it’s just a new existing feature that has been enabled.
Maybe this is what the mysterious v2.02 firmware update was for?
Today Apple announced that it has struck a deal with several movie studios to release all new movies in iTunes the same day the DVD is released.
The studios involved in the deal are:
- 20th Century Fox
- The Walt Disney Studios
- Warner Bros.
- Paramount Pictures
- Universal Studios Home Entertainment
- Sony Pictures Entertainment
- Image Entertainment
- First Look Studios
So pretty much everyone except for MGM. New Line Cinema wasn’t named but since they are a subsidiary of Warner Bros. I would expect that we’ll see new release from them too but we’ll see, I guess.
The new releases will be available for purchase for $14.99 while library titles will be available for purchase for $9.99. No word on whether or not all new releases will also be available as rentals from iTunes the same day.
Check out the full press release here if you’re interested.
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.