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Steve Jobs and Jeff Zucker are back to being buddies and may be in the mood to make an iTunes deal.  (Source: Ted Tha/Time Life Pictures/Getty Images)
Steve Jobs and Zucker hint at NBC and iTunes reunion in separate interviews

NBC and Apple's relationship has been long and painful.  First came the news that NBC moved to split with iTunes, refusing to sign another contract.  Then came allegations by Apple that NBC tried to gouge it by demanding a cut of iPod revenue and higher prices.  This was quickly followed by NBC blasting Apple in a press conference as "indecent".  It then salted the wound by signing content deals with Amazon and also with free ad-driven music provider SpiralFrog.

The end result was an uneasy stalemate -- NBC still offers older content on iTunes, and there isn't much newer content to worry about due to the writers' strike in Hollywood.  Tensions began to ease this month when Universal Media Group, NBC's parent company, and Apple signed an agreement to provide iTunes rentals of Universal's content.

Now as if the pair's back and forth relationship wasn't schmaltzy enough, Apple CEO Steve Jobs and NBC Universal CEO Jeff Zucker are suddenly saying flattery compliments about each other, and each other's services, hinting at a possible reunion. Jobs and Zucker are talking about each other as if they were best friends and making the kind of flowery comments seldom seen this side of Bill Gates and Steve Ballmer's deep friendship.  In an interview with Financial Times Zucker gave Apple some loving, stating, "We've said all along that we admire Apple, that we want to be in business with Apple."

He finished by waxing about his admiration for Steve Jobs, saying, "We're great fans of Steve Jobs."

Jobs showed some affection right back for Zucker and NBC right back, stating, "We’ll put it back together on the TV thing. Everybody lost [when Zucker pulled his content off iTunes]. But NBC is a great company, and Apple is a great company."

Whether an exact agreement on pricing and other issues can be worked out remains to be seen, but it is obvious that the split hurt both companies.  Now it looks like their CEOs are back to being best friends forever, perhaps foreshadowing a new content deal.  Theres certainly no shortage of "Heroes", "Office", and "Chuck" fans hoping this is the case.

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Screw the Cheerleader
By borowki on 1/22/2008 10:37:34 AM , Rating: 3
Who cares? Heroes has turned into rubbish in the second season. That's the only show I watch on iTune/Amazon.

RE: Screw the Cheerleader
By Brandon Hill on 1/22/2008 10:43:56 AM , Rating: 2
I concur with your subject title, but for evil reasons :)

That being said, I agree. Heroes took a STEEP nose dive during Season 2 and Tim Kring admitted that he let fans down. Hopefully, he can revive the second half of Season 2... if it ever starts shooting again.

RE: Screw the Cheerleader
By borowki on 1/22/2008 11:21:31 AM , Rating: 1
Personally, I don't find a girl that makes out with fleabag, scrumbag, no-good son-of-a bitch attractive.

If they make an episode where that douchebag catches the Shanti virus while 30000ft up in the air, then I'll watch.

RE: Screw the Cheerleader
By Sylar on 1/22/2008 11:25:57 AM , Rating: 3
Sounds like you're already watching... busted!!!

So do they just flip a switch?
By Sylar on 1/22/2008 10:44:12 AM , Rating: 2
Gotta love business politics. It amazes me how people can just turn from friendly to hostile back to friendly just like that.

By theapparition on 1/22/2008 12:02:35 PM , Rating: 3
Busines is business.

In the end, it's all about money.

By themadmilkman on 1/23/2008 10:08:53 AM , Rating: 2
I imagine that NBC's shareholders had something to do with this turnaround. iTunes distribution was profitable for NBC. Shareholders generally don't like it when the company ceases a profitable activity.

Perhaps BattleStar will come back.
By Locutus465 on 1/22/2008 2:05:30 PM , Rating: 2
Perhaps this means BattleStar will make a re-appearnce on iTunes. That one show makes me consider getting an iPod, otherwise Zune is significantly more attractive to me. Even with BattleStar I may well go the Zune route. I the monthly Zune pass a bit too much to give up on.

By FITCamaro on 1/22/2008 2:40:58 PM , Rating: 2
Go PSP route. Then can play games and it has a far better screen for watching shows. Just have to convert the video over to the proper format. Plus it does well as an MP3 player as well. Only problem is buying memory cards.

Thank you Sony for your 2-3x more expensive Pro Duo format. You can get a 4GB SD card for $15-20. Its $60 for a 4GB Pro Duo at least.

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