Tuesday, March 06, 2007

BBC to compete with iTunes?

This article in the Daily Telegraph suggests that the BBC is to compete head on with Apple's iTunes. This is an interesting development in that there is supposed to be a consultative period while the BBC Trust hears from non-Microsoft users about a proposal to have the iPlayer (Windows compatible BBC video player) make shows available for 7 days.

I did a search on US iTunes for "BBC" and 148 items show up. These are mostly podcasts that can be subscribed to free of charge though some items do cost $1.99 a piece. It is strange that a non-profit organization would compete with a commercial company and I hope the Telegraph has got it wrong.

Meantime I can find nothing on the BBC's own website to confirm this. Hmmm.