Apple Cuts Unrestricted iTunes Price
Cupertino, Calif., Apple Inc. on Wednesday lowered the price of the iTunes tracks it sells without anti-piracy software to 99?, down from $1.29, according to Silicon Valley/San Jose Business Journal. Apple announced the price cut a month after Amazon.com launched an online store that sells songs without copyright restrictions for 89? to 99?.
Eddy Cue, Apple’s VP of iTunes, said the company is “adding over two million tracks from key independent labels in addition to EMI’s digital catalog and looks forward to even more labels and artists making their music available on iTunes Plus.”
Samsung appoints top marketing officer
RIDGEFIELD PARK, N.J. Samsung Electronics America has named Steven Cook as its new senior vp and chief strategic officer for its North American headquarters.
Cook has a 26-year career in strategic brand retail marketing and most recently served as vp of worldwide strategic planning and business development for Coca Cola. Prior to that, Cook worked for Proctor & Gamble.
“Steven has extensive skills in brand differentiation, which have been honed in equally competitive industries where brand differentiation is critical,” said Samsung Electronics America president D.J. Oh.
In a statement, Cook said he looks forward to helping Samsung build on its reputation as a brand that “delivers on its promise of the best consumer electronics experience.”
Report: RFID top priority for Wal-Mart
San Francisco Speaking at an industry conference in Taiwan, Ron Moser, RFID strategy leader for Wal-Mart, said that RFID technology is important to the company and that it recognizes its role as a leader in this area, reports said.
At the Taiwan International RFID Applications Show in Taipei, Moser reportedly said that Wal-Mart could improve sales greatly by fixing its inventory issues using RFID technology. Moser added that he anticipates RFID to have a greater effect on Wal-Mart than bar codes did when they debuted in 1984.
According to reports, Moser said that he expects RFID will lead to getting products on store shelves faster, thus reducing lost sales and making missing merchandise a soon-to-be phenomenon of the past.