Apple tops 1-million in video sales for iPod

By Times Staff
Published November 1, 2005

Apple Computer Inc., maker of the iPod music player, has sold more than 1-million videos that run on the devices since adding the programs less than three weeks ago.

Top downloads from the company's iTunes online service include music videos from Michael Jackson and Kanye West, Pixar's For the Birds and episodes of ABC television shows Lost and Desperate Housewives, Apple said.

The sales demonstrate demand for the video service and dispel concern that people wouldn't want to watch programs on the iPod's 2.5-inch color screen. The videos, priced at $1.99 each, can also be played on computers running iTunes software. Apple, which debuted the video iPod on Oct. 12, plans to broaden its video offerings, chief executive Steve Jobs said.

Sales of the iPod, Apple's fastest-selling product, and music sold through iTunes accounted for 40 percent of Apple's revenue last quarter, up from 27 percent a year ago. Apple, which made its name selling Macintosh computers, has sold more than 28.2-million players since Jobs introduced the device in 2001.

Kuwait's first private airline takes off

Kuwait's Jazeera Airways, the country's first private airline, flew its first flight Sunday to Dubai in the United Arab Emirates.

The low-fare airline will also fly to Beirut, Bahrain, Damascus and Amman. It plans to expand its destinations to Egypt and India.

Kuwait Airways is government-owned, but there are plans to privatize it.

Jazeera has taken delivery of one Airbus A320, and it expects to have three more by June. Jazeera Airways was established as a shareholding company last year with a capital of 10 million dinars ($34-million).

Company chairman Marwan Boodai said the company was launched after 18 months of preparation.

"We are starting operations on schedule with some flights booked at 80 percent capacity," Boodai said.