Would you pay for a iTunes TV Subscription Service?

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I am torn about the idea of an iTunes Subscription service.  Rumors are swirling again that it might me on the way.

A subscription service from Apple consisting of a $35 or so monthly fee for access to a large and complete library of current-season television episodes via iTunes would fit well into the TV networks’ overall content strategy — Hulu has proven there is a demand for streaming full episodes, and the cable companies have long shown that consumers are willing to pay for access(NewTeeVee).

When I wrote my Would you pay for a Boxee app? I laid down some ground rules:

Rules for Paid Apps

  1. Paid App channels would have to be commercial free.
  2. Paid App channels must have a free version to test the content.
  3. Apps must be cheap!  The more they cost, the fewer people will pay.
  4. Apps should be available for networks and individual shows.

Reasons I would pay for an app

  • Premium Channels: HBO and Showtime are top of my list.
  • Foreign Content: BBC iPlayer is top on my list, but I have a soft spot for Chinese and Indian TV.
  • Supporting Indie Media:  I would pay to support the Guild, Legend of Neil and other shows, but I would expect extras.

Would I pay for an iTunes Subscription Service?

In an era before Hulu, I would definitely would have paid for this, but I am not sure I would now.

If the Price is $35 a month it would have to:

  • include many channels that I cannot stream online already
  • be commercial free
  • allow me to watch the show when it is airing on Cable.
  • allow on demand streaming the day the show aired not 24 hours later
  • allow all episodes of a season to be on watched at anytime as often as I want
  • work on my Mac, PC, AppleTV, and iPod Touch for one fee

I need a lot more details before I know whether I know if I want to pay for this.

What would it take?

What would it take for you to pay for an Apple streaming TV service?

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Steampunk Wii and iPod

eightcell8 I found myself in a lazy haze tonight about to pipes!have a glass of Tokaji to relax when what do I see roll across the feeds? Brass Goggles' post on Eightcell’s Steampunk Gadget Re-Imaginings

This is a dream site with at least one item that I really would lie to see under the tree for Christmas. I wish Apple made that Steampunk iPod, or at the very least there was a place to get a modded one. The detail on the dial is phenomenal. I can only hope someone will make this really possible.

Dark Wave Industrial- DRAGONS

m_458d54e456f1cba629010a769cf04138 I am always looking for new dark wave music to add to my collection, and I am glad that I get so many recommendations.  I am very picky about the bands I listen too.  Today, I was turned on a Bristol band called Dragons.  I went to their MySpace to check them out, and I was excited by the tunes they have on their profile.

Here are the Roses

Opens like a Depeche Mode song, following many of the dark wave conventions that we have come to know and love, but the song continues into a more spacious sound reminiscent of early Mission albums.  The galloping drum is to tapping, Anthony Tombling's voice transitions beautifully from a cold dryness into to a full throated cry on the choruses.  A nice tune, hauntingly bleak, yet beautiful.


Danceable rock somewhere between Iggy Pop and a subdued Rosette Stone.  The song continues to build into a fete of guitars and drums.  A song for the clubs.

Lonely Nights

The song begins is a scratchy echo that reminds me of many Bauhaus classics, while the choruses have a more melodic character of the the best death and goth rock.  The guitar work is emotional.  The lyrics on this song more cliche, bordering on emo compared to the bleakness of the other tunes.

Where is the love

The eerie goth blue bar sound of early Fields of the Nephilim, drone under Anothy's solid voice.  The gothic appeal of this song is solid.  I can definitely see this tune on a listen by candlelight playlist.  This is probably my favorite of the sample songs they made available.



They have four albums:

  1. Here are the Roses (Album)
  2. Lonely Tonight (EP)
  3. Here are the Roses (EP)
  4. Condition (EP)

All of their albums are available through iTunes Plus without DRM (get them here Dragons )  And their EPs Here are the Roses (EP) and  Condition (EP) are also available on eMusic.

Check them out on the net at their Website and MySpace Profile

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