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Comment Re:Pretty Much. (Score 4, Interesting) 387

The history of why the car dealership system exists as it does is actually quite interesting. Back in the day, car dealerships were the good guy underdogs, and car manufacturers were pretty much the devil. The "Planet Money" podcast has a great episode on this:

Basically explains why buying a car in general sucks (consistently ranked as one of the worst consumer experiences), and why there isn't a "new car supermaket" where you can browse & buy cars from multiple manufacturers.

Media (Apple)

Submission iTunes' opening it doors to indie film producers?

An anonymous reader writes: After ten months of negotiations (read: pestering), Apple has agreed to sell downloads of the 'indie' snowboarding film, That, through the company's iTunes video download store. This is the first time that Apple has accepted content that doesn't come from an established or major distributor; essentially cutting out the 'middleman', so that a small video producer can sell their content directly through iTunes. So does this mean that iTunes is ready to embrace the long tail, and help small independent filmmakers monetize their content?

A sine curve goes off to infinity, or at least the end of the blackboard. -- Prof. Steiner