Apple honors Robin Williams with dedicated iTunes Store section

By , Aug 12, 2014

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Apple has created a dedicated section in its iTunes Store entitled ‘Remembering Robin Williams.’ The addition follows yesterday’s tragic news of the actor’s passing, and it features links to his popular movies, TV series and stand-up comedy routines.

In addition to the media, the section also includes a photo of Mr. Williams and a brief paragraph on his career and philanthropical achievements, calling him “one of the most beloved and unforgettable performers in the history of show business.”

One of the most beloved and unforgettable performers in the history of show business, Robin Williams brought laughter and inspiration to millions. Throughout a career that spanned five decades, Williams evolved from stand up comedian to international movie star. Among the great masters of improv, he transfixed audiences with a mile-a-minute comic energy. Williams’ Golden Globe-winning turn in Good Morning, Vietnam demonstrated that his versatile acting talents were equally suited to evoking dramatic complexity. Many of Williams’ most iconic performances–in Dead Poets Society, Mrs. Doubtfire, and his Oscar-winning triumph Good Will Hunting–were dazzling high-wire acts that left audiences in tears of laughter one minute and tears of poignancy the next. An Emmy and a GRAMMY winner as well, Williams was a philanthropist who served as a driving force behind Comic Relief USA, which has raised more than $50 million.

Mr. Williams has a particularly special connection with Apple, through his character in Dead Poets Society, John Keating. Apple used an excerpt of Keating in a voice over track for its original ‘Your Verse’ ad, which has since turned into an entire campaign.

Apple executives Tim Cook and Phil Schiller joined the millions of fans yesterday in honoring the actor:

You can check out the special Remembering Robin Williams section in iTunes here.

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  • Rowan09

    So sad. Depression is a serious thing. Wish he would have gotten some help.

  • ali_plus

    RIP Robin Williams. You will always be missed

  • http://jltech.com.nu Jonathan Liu

    Anyone suffering from depression… PLEASE for your own good get help.

  • :L

    Apple Boardroom Meeting: Hey guys, Robin Williams has died lets honour him by profiting off his death. If Michael Jackson taught us anything it’s that death is money. WooHoo!

    • http://pdsn.tumblr.com/ Pdsn

      Shut up!

    • Ara Rezaee

      At first I wanted to answer you like a normal person, but the more I think of it the more I realize that you sir are an idiot so I decided not to do it, but since I still can’t believe that Robin Williams is dead I couldn’t get past your stupid ass comment so I wrote this. keep in mind that I never insult anyone, so if you read something you don’t like you better take a look at yourself, I’m sure you’ll find the reason why…

      • jack

        R3t4rd…

      • highNiggaPie

        He’s right though if they really cared they’d donate to some suicide prevention company or do it for free they’re just capitalizing on peoples death

      • Manuel Molina

        I think a lot of are having a hard time believe he passed. I read his passing from a video game site because of him and his daughters stronglink towards Nintendo and the Legend of Zelda.

        I’m definitely going to watch Jumanji tonight.

      • benjitek

        His delivery might have been jarring, but he’s right — Apple honors Robin Williams with a landing page of convenient purchases…? Hardly an honor. A full page RIP photo in the NY Times & Wall Street Journal — maybe. A huge donation to the National Institute of Mental Health, better still. Clickable purchase links — hardly :-(

    • https://twitter.com/aidanharris1 Aidan Harris

      Afaik Apple doesn’t directly profit off anything in iTunes or the AppStore. They take their 30% cut (or whatever it is – I think it’s 30%) and the rest goes to the rights holders (who coincidently set the pricing).

      • jack

        Are you 10?

      • https://twitter.com/aidanharris1 Aidan Harris

        I might be. What’s it to you how old I am. Are you a pedophile?

      • Kurtiz

        Don’t feed the troll, Aidan.

      • Soylent Green

        Apple dont make profit from the app store? Wtf? If you believe that you WILL beleieve anything, i guess they just pretend to be capitalists. Biggest lol for a few days. Apple does not profit from the app store hahahahahhahahhahahahaha

  • David Gitman

    He was such a talented man. R.I.P

  • jeffulri

    Are the promoted media items free? Are they giving the profits from said items to suicide prevention or the like? No? Well then it’s just a cheap marketing ploy to make more money for Apple at the expense of Robin’s suicide. Have a bit more sense and decorum Apple.

    • https://twitter.com/aidanharris1 Aidan Harris

      I can imagine there’s many people that want to watch / buy movies that he’s in so by giving it a dedicated section in iTunes it reduces the amount of clicks / touches that the user has to do in order to find the content that they’re seeking. My other comment is also relevant, most of the money made on such purchases will go to the rights holders Apple only takes their cut…

      • Soylent Green

        Good ole non-profit (your statement) organisation apple. Hahahahahahahahahaha

      • Miguz007

        How about Apple not take a cut at all? They don’t have enough $? That they need to profit on this genius’ death?

      • https://twitter.com/aidanharris1 Aidan Harris

        Sure why not. As long as Apple is storing data in a magic fairy land there’s no need for them to take any money to cover hosting and other costs…

    • http://www.liam-merlyn.co.uk/ ConduciveMammal

      Do you have the same attitude towards TV stations that push out a whole bunch of his movies?

  • n0ahcruz3

    Dont do coke guys, unless you’re motherfucking jordan belfort.lol

  • Soylent Green

    When elvis was alive he had around 150 impersonators, this changed to 300,000 because he died (on his throne lol) also record sales went thru the roof ( colonel tom was living proof), does anyone expect the nsa puppeteers who control apple to do anything else other than monetize this persons faux depression and indulgent death.
    These ppl have no morals, evidenced by prism, wake up ffs.
    Infowars, because there is a war on for your mind. In all wars truth is the first casualty, said a famous person.
    Death is good for business…..

  • benjitek

    Hardly an honor. A full page RIP photo in the NY Times & Wall Street Journal — maybe. A huge donation to the National Institute of Mental Health, better still. Clickable purchase links…? — hardly :-(