Coming Soon to The Tiny Screen

Apple makes it easy to (legally) download films. But it faces stiff competition

Ever since the world's geeks started downloading episodes of Star Trek to their PCs, Hollywood and Silicon Valley execs have been preparing for the day when the world's nontechies will also get their movie fixes (legally) online. That day took a step closer to reality last week, when Apple announced it would sell movie downloads through its iTunes store. The move raised the prospect that downloading flicks will take off among folks who don't know or care what a d-RAM chip is (that's pretty much everyone). Apple, after all, has sold more than 1.5 billion songs online, along with 45 million...

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