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‘From KFOG to iPod’ in Less than 48 Hours

“Today, a record company, radio station, recording group and online music store teamed up to achieve a new level of speed to market in the digital realm.

The exclusive digital EP “From KFOG to iPod” by critically-acclaimed Virgin Recording Group “The Thrills” was released early this morning on Apple’s iTunes Music Store, less than 48 hours after the band recorded the tracks at a KFOG-FM Emerging Artist Concert in San Francisco on Sunday, January 25. Five songs from the show, including the single “One Horse Town” are available for purchase, allowing consumers to download the live recording from iTunes to their Macs or Windows-based PCs and iPods.  The entire EP can
be downloaded for $4.95 or single tracks are available until February 24th for 99 cents each.”

MacMinute: Music store launches - offers iTunes-compatible AAC

MacMinute reports that “Nupha has announced the launch of its international, cross-platform digital music store. The “nupha musicstore” features “a growing library of tunes from many independent music labels” [Ed. note: Selection appears to be very limited at this time.]. Songs on the store are encoded in 128 Kbps AAC for Macs and 192 Kbps WMA for Windows. Nupha is the first independent music provider compatible with Apple’s iTunes (requires Mac OS X 10.3 Panther and iTunes 4 or greater). According to the company, Mac users must download and install a small package (known as the nupha kit) which allows iTunes to play nupha encrypted music, which sells for 99 cents a track and $8.99 an album.”

Pepsi officially announces iTunes 100 million song giveaway

picPepsi today in a press release announced its upcoming Super Bowl commercial titled ‘I Fought the Law’ “featuring 16 real-life teenagers who were sued by the recording industry for illegally downloading music from the Internet, shows music fans a new way to freely and legally download music—the Pepsi iTunes 100 Million Song Giveaway. The commercial is set to Green Day’s version of “I Fought the Law.” Apple has also posted three screen shots from the Pepsi/iTunes commercial on its Apple/Pepsi promotion website.

iTMS discussed in ‘The Tyranny of Copyright?’

The iTunes Music Store is used as an example of the future of copyright policy in the United States in a New York Times Magazine article by Robert S. Boynton.

“In opposition to the cultural commons stands the ‘permission culture,’ an epithet the Copy Left uses to describe the world it fears our current copyright law is creating. Whereas you used to own the CD or book you purchased, in the permission culture it is more likely that you’ll lease (or ‘license’) a song, video or e-book, and even then only under restrictive conditions: read your e-book, but don’t copy and paste any selections; listen to music on your MP3 player, but don’t burn it onto a CD or transfer it to your stereo. The Copy Left sees innovations like iTunes, Apple’s popular online music store, as the first step toward a society in which much of the cultural activity that we currently take for granted—reading an encyclopedia in the public library, selling a geometry textbook to a friend, copying a song for a sibling—will be rerouted through a system of micropayments in return for which the rights to ever smaller pieces of our culture are doled out. ‘‘Sooner or later,’’ predicts Miriam Nisbet, the legislative counsel for the American Library Association, ‘you’ll get to the point where you say, ‘Well, I guess that 25 cents isn’t too much to pay for this sentence,’ and then there’s no hope and no going back.’”

iTuneAgent.com Launches

iTuneAgent.com provides users with a simple and easy way to see what is new and happening on Apple’s iTunes Music Store. Users can choose which genre of iTunes Music Store matieral they would like to view.  iTunesAgent.com will quickly allow users to browse not only new releases and new additions to the iTunes Music Store, but also current top songs and top albums within those particular categories.

iTunes Music Store Europe held up by red tape

“Old-fashioned red tape is delaying the eagerly awaited European launch of Apple Computers’ (nasdaq: AAPL -news - people) Internet music store iTunes, a company official said on Saturday.

A maze of licensing contracts, music release dates that differ by country and incompatible billing systems have combined to sidetrack the service, which many recording executives still hope will make its European debut in the first half of 2004.”

First Pepsi iTunes giveaway bottles appear

“Apple and Pepsi announced in October that they would be giving away 100 million songs. The giveaway will officially launch on Feb 1st with a Superbowl Ad.

The first specially-marked bottles are already making their way into circulation… with one reader (MacBoyX) buying an iTunes-marked 20oz Diet Pepsi bottle (and winning a song) in King of Prussia, Pennsylvania.”

Pepsi ads to feature teens sued by RIAA

“A new sort of Pepsi Generation will get air time on the Super Bowl: music downloaders.

Some 20 teens sued by the Recording Industry Association of America, which accuses them of unauthorized downloads, will appear in a Pepsi-Cola ad that kicks off a two-month offer of up to 100 million free—and legal—downloads from Apple’s iTunes, the leading online music seller. The sassy ad, to be seen by Super Bowl’s 88 million viewers on Feb 1, is a wink at the download hot button. Pepsi hopes the promotion will connect its flagship cola, as well as Sierra Mist and Diet Pepsi, with teens who’ve shown more affinity for bottled water, energy drinks and the Internet.”

Apple launches ‘iTunes Music Store RSS Feed Generator’

“Several MacMinute readers pointed out that the iTunes Music Store now has customizable RSS feeds that can be used with news aggregators such as Ranchero’s NetNewsWire. Apple’s “iTunes Music Store RSS Feed Generator” allows you to create feeds of New Releases, Just Added, Top Songs, Top Albums, or Featured Albums & Exclusives with custom genres and feed length.”

An Interview with Apple Director Chris Bell on iTunes

“Chris Bell, director of product marketing for iTunes, talked with the E-Commerce Times about how Apple has always paid attention to music—and why it always will.

How do you see iTunes in comparison to current competitors?

Bell: I think as other companies work on the first versions of their music stores, we’re already on to our second and third generation of innovation. We’ve passed the initial phase, and we’ve moved into finding new ways to collaborate with artists, forge deals with other companies and develop relationships with independent labels. Now that we’ve established the gold standard for ease of use, our goal is to grow the catalog and expose customers to even more music. We think there’s still a great opportunity for growth in this market.”

Apple posts ‘coming soon’ Pepsi-iTunes giveaway

Apple has posted a ‘coming soon’ page for its Pepsi-iTunes 100 million song giveaway. You can sign up to be notified when the giveaway launches on February 1, 2004. “Watch for our ads during the Superbowl. 100 million songs. 1 in 3 wins.” It seems that you can either purchase Pepsi or Sierra Mist for a chance to win, as indicated by the icons in the lower left.

Euro iTunes Music Store this spring?

“Kenswil [Universal Music’s eLabs president] spoke at the well-attended Music and Technology conference at the Royal Society in London yesterday. His assessment of a Q2 rollout for Apple’s music store was shared by representatives from BMG, EMI and other smaller labels represented at the show who were spoken to by Macworld.

He said: “As far as we know, the deals for Europe have been done, all the agreements are in place to introduce services here.”“

Announcing TunesAtWork—Leave your music at home, and listen at work. Free.

TunesAtWork lets you listen to your personal iTunes music collection while at your office or lab, even though your iTunes collection resides at home.

TunesAtWork is a specialized web server that runs on your home Macintosh and serves web pages that present your music collection (including playlists) organized visually much the same as in iTunes itself.  This makes it easy to find what you’re looking for.

Macworld: iTunes Music Store - some facts

  • 30 million songs have been purchased and downloaded since the introduction of iTunes for Mac and for Windows platforms.

  • iTMS hopes to have 100 million songs downloaded a year by April 2004.

  • iTunes Music Stores has 70% of legal downloads.

  • Almost 2 million songs a week being sold.

  • Top spender in iTunes Music Store spent $29,500!

    Audio Books -

  • 5,000 books available for download. 20,000 hours of spoken content.

  • iTMS has sold 50,000 audio books in first quarter.

    New features

  • Billboard Charts will be available from iTMS - Top Hot 100 from 1946 - 2003

  • 12,000 Classical tracks

  • 500,000 songs are available for download today!

  • MacMinute: Billboard Charts, iTunes Top 100 of 2003 now on iTMS

    “Apple’s iTunes Music Store (iTMS) has added a new option that lets you browse music by yearly Billboard Hot 100 Charts (1946-2003). Apple has also added the iTunes Top 100 Albums of 2003 to the store. The top 10 for 2003 were: “On and On” by Jack Johnson, “Sacred Love” by Sting, “Life for Rent” by Dido, “Bare” by Annie Lennox, “Room On Fire” by The Strokes, “Everything to Everyone” by the Barenaked Ladies, “Afterglow” by Sarah MacLachlan, “Speakerboxxx/The Love Below” by OutKast, “In the Zone” by Britney Spears, and “Verve Remixed 2” by various artists.”

    iTunes DRM Cracked, Again

    “Norwegian programmer Jon Lech Johansen, who broke the DVD encryption scheme, has opened iTunes locked music a tad further, by allowing people to play songs they’ve purchased on iTunes Music Store on their GNU/Linux computers.

    “We’re about to find out what Apple really thinks about Fair Use,” Johansen told The Register via email.”

    iTunes 4.2 and new ‘Grouping’ feature

    In the latest release of iTunes appears a new feature called ‘Grouping.’ Grouping is another field you can edit and search on. Grouping is useful for Classical music, where a “work” or “piece” of music is multiple tracks but not the whole CD. It shows up in Get Info, View Options, and when you right click on column headers,” as explained by ‘iTunes Mike’ in the Apple Discussions forums.

    PCWorld: iTunes is “the greatest, coolest, most insanely frustrating media player”

    “An in-depth look at the greatest, coolest, most insanely frustrating media player out there and the store behind it” by Eric Dahl, PC World.

    “I’ve spent a lot of time reviewing online music services for PC World this year. Until a few months ago, most of that time was spent waiting for Apple to bring its ITunes Music Store to the Windows world. That’s only a slight exaggeration of the role that ITunes played in defining digital music this year.”

    Sessions@AOL Available at iTunes Music Store

    “Sessions@AOL are exclusive in-studio performances recorded in an intimate setting.” Artists include Liz Phair, Iggy Pop, R.E.M, Limp Bizkit and more. There are currently 16 sessions available for purchase at $.99 each.

    Apple Releases ‘iTunes Essentials’ Compilations

    picApple has released its own ‘Essentials’ compilation albums featuring the best in Classic Country, Make-out Songs, Johnny Cash, Disco Ball Reflections, Christmas Classics and lots more. Prices start around $11 for a complete compilation or you can opt to buy individual songs at $.99 and there are currently 41 albums to choose from.

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