Looks like Apple has mastered monopolistic modus operandi -- that won't be particularly helpful as credible iTunes competitors gain momentum...
Apple said in a press release that the dispute over price came after the iPod maker "declined to pay more than double the wholesale price for each NBC TV episode."
This, according to Apple, would have boosted the per-episode price of NBC shows on iTunes from $1.99 to $4.99. The move by Apple is an attempt to preempt a possible NBC pullout when their contract ends in December.
"Since NBC would withdraw their shows in the middle of the television season, Apple has decided to not offer NBC TV shows for the upcoming television season beginning in September," Apple said in its statement.