paidContent - paidContent Quick Hits: 9.4.09

This story was written by Joseph Tartakoff.
»  Music websites in China—including Google and Baidu, which both offer users links to tracks—will have to get approval from the government before distributing foreign songs. [WSJ]

»  American Idol creator Simon Fuller is partnering with former Net-a-Porter head of buying Sojin Lee to launch a fashion website. [Vanity Fair]

»  Pre-cut ringtones are coming to iTunes. Sources tell Billboard the ringtones will likely cost $1.29—less than what most competitors charge. [Billboard]

»  *AT&T* is launching a video portal featuring TV shows and movies from various partners, including Hulu. [Multichannel News]

»  A new study looks at the impact Redbox’s $1 a night movie rentals could have on pricing in the video-on-demand market. [Video Business]

»  Amazon has already apologized for deleting copies of 1984 and Animal Farm from some Kindles. Now it’s making more amends, by offering to return the books or provide $30 gift certificates. [WSJ]

»  Disney is to Marvel as Time Warner is to _____ . A shopping list for Time Warner CEO Jeffrey Bewkes. [BusinessWeek]

»  And, yes, the Sony Walkman did outsell the iPod in Japan—but that does not mean Sony should be celebrating [DigitalDaily]


By Joseph Tartakoff