Video is moving a lot more slowly than music did when iTunes was first introduced. Apple has been offering video on iTunes for three weeks, and has 2,000 videos available.
More than a million videos have been downloaded from its iTunes Music Store, which debuted the service less than three weeks ago, Apple Computer Inc. said on Monday.
Apple launched video on its popular online store Oct. 12, the same day it announced the release of a video iPod. The company offers a total of 2,000 videos, including music videos, short films from the animation studio Pixar, run by Apple chief executive Steve Jobs; and episodes of ABC's hit TV shows "Lost" and "Desperate Housewives."
The Walt Disney Co., which is negotiating a new contract with the highly successful Pixar, owns ABC. No other major studios have licensed content to iTunes, which sells videos for $1.99 each.
Despite the limited selection, Apple sold more than a million videos in 20 days. That latter number, however, was far longer than the few days it took the company to sell its first million songs on iTunes.
Apple, based in Cupertino, Calif., did not offer a breakdown on what was sold, how many music videos versus Pixar films or TV shows, for example. That information is important to analysts interested in seeing whether people are willing to watch TV shows on a small screen. The video iPod features a 2.5"-color screen that can play 320-by-240 pixel videos.
"The real issue here is whether or not there's going to be a paradigm shift or real channel shift (to video players)," Todd Chanko, analyst for JupiterResearch, said.
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