The Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios Inc. deal, announced Wednesday, builds the iTunes catalog to more than 500 movies. The studio is offering classic movies such as "Dances With Wolves," "Mad Max," and "Rocky," and will add other titles to iTunes in coming weeks, the two companies said.
Apple's online store began offering movie downloads in September. The Cupertino, Calif.-based company launched the feature initially with films from Walt Disney Co. studios, where Apple Inc.'s CEO Steve Jobs is the largest shareholder, but has since signed deals with other major studios, including Paramount Pictures and Lionsgate Entertainment Corp.
Notably missing from iTunes are films from Sony Corp.'s Sony Pictures, General Electric Corp.'s Universal Studios and Time Warner Inc.'s Warner Bros., which have already started distributing movies on rival services from Wal-Mart Stores Inc. and Amazon.com Inc.