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Macworld UK: SuperBowl kickoff for iTunes/Pepsi offer

“In October, Apple and Pepsi-Cola North America announced they would give away 100 million free songs to Mac and Windows users from the iTunes Music Store.

This promotion begins on February 1. Pepsi is randomly printing 100 million winning codes in 20-ounce and one-litre bottles of Pepsi, Diet Pepsi and Sierra Mist. The winning codes will be redeemable for a free song from the iTunes Music Store.”

iTunes Music Store Wins Webby Business Award

The first annual Webby Business Awards has presented Apple’s iTunes Music Store the Business Award in the Retail category.

“By seamlessly combining elegant ease-of-use, an extensive music library, integration with the world’s most popular portable digital music player - iPod, and copyright mechanisms that protect both intellectual property and customers

Economic Analysis:  iTunes/iPod vs. RIAA/CD Retail Distribution

I’m currently working on my MBA and was required to do an economic analysis of a product lifecycle.  Being a new iPod/iTunes convert, I decided to talk about how Apple has taken on the old RIAA/CD retail distribution model.  This website has been a great source of information for me and I would like to share my analysis with the group. This posting does not represent the view of my employer.

What if Apple paid you in music to rate your own tracks?

Not really news, more of a what if?  Some iPod users have discovered the power of Smart Playlists (a peek at smartplaylists.com gives users some great ideas). What if Apple were to pay users to rate their songs, so that info could be uploaded to the iTunes store to make recommendations more accurate?

Macworld UK: Mixed outlooks for iPod, iTunes

“However, music-industry executives believe Apple will face fierce competition from established heavyweights in the digital-music download market.

MusicNet CEO Alan McGlade told CBS MarketWatch he thinks Apple’s service may be an early leader, but that others will dominate the new market in future.

He said: ‘The big companies are going to dominate. AOL is going to be a significant player. Companies like Yahoo, MTV, Microsoft, Sony. I don’t think it’s going to be iTunes.’”

MacCentral: MyTunes Exploits ITunes Playlist Sharing

“Now that Apple is offering ITunes software and access to its music store to Windows users, the company has an opportunity to significantly increase its market share in the area of downloadable music. But the company also has to contend with applications like the recently released MyTunes, which allows Windows users to circumvent the intended use of the software by downloading music from an ITunes shared playlist over a network.

Bill Zeller, a 20-year-old Trinity College student, wrote and released MyTunes just ten days after the official release of ITunes for Windows. His Web site claims that the application is intended to enable users ‘to save music from other computers to your hard drive.’”

Wired: ITunes Undermines Social Security

“As if it weren’t hard enough to be cool already, Apple Computer has introduced a new way for people to ruin their social standing.

Thanks to the ability of Apple’s iTunes to share music collections over local networks, it is now possible to judge someone’s taste in music—or lack of it—in a way that previously required a certain level of intimacy.”

Popular Science includes iTunes Music Store in “Best of What’s New”

Popular Science has included the iTunes Music Store in the Computing section of their annual “Best of What’s New” issue (December 2003), along with the Power Mac G5. Popular Science does not provide “rankings” within the category, although the Grand Prize winner in the Computing category was 802.11g, which Apple was first to commercially adopt.

iTunes Music Store Gift Certificates Available at Apple Store

Apple has now made available gift certificates for the iTunes Music Store through Apple Store online.  You can purchase gift certificates for any persons residing in the U.S. from $10 to $200, or you can also try your luck by entering our Happy Birthday iPod Giveaway.

TIME Names iTunes Music Store Coolest Invention of 2003

“Other inventions this year may have more altruistic intentions (like Dean Kamen’s water purifier) or be more visible on street corners (like those ubiquitous camera cell phones). But for finally finding a middle ground between the foot-dragging record labels and the free-for-all digital pirates and for creating a bandwagon onto which its competitors immediately jumped, Apple’s iTunes Music Store is Time’s Coolest Invention of 2003.”

The Register UK: iTunes is ‘not a money maker’

“‘Most of the money goes to the music companies,’ admitted Jobs.

‘We would like to break even/make a little bit of money but it’s not a money maker,’ he said, candidly.

So now we have it on record: the music store is a loss leader. Jobs said Apple would pay its dues to the RIAA, then seek to make money where it could, from its line of hardware accessories. When the conversation turned to rivals such as eTunes and Napster, Jobs said: ‘They don’t make iPods, so they don’t have a related business where they do [make money].’”

iTunes stomps Napster in sales

“Music fans purchased and downloaded 1.5 million songs from Apple’s iTunes Music Store during the same period that Napster reported selling 300,000 songs during its first week of operation. More than 17 million songs have been purchased and downloaded from the iTunes Music Store since it launched in April 2003. According to Nielsen SoundScan, the iTunes Music Store had more than 80 percent market share of legally purchased downloads last week.”

MacDonald’s: No Deal To Announce

“Responding to inquiries about a story in Thursday’s New York Post that the fast-food giant will team up with Apple Computer Inc. (NasdaqNM:AAPL - News) to offer up to one billion free iTune downloads, McDonald’s issued a statement saying, ‘There are no agreements to announce, so anything else is pure speculation.’”

NY Post: McDonalds to give away 1 billion iTunes songs?

“Less than a month after Pepsi announced a blockbuster deal to give away 100 million downloads from Apple’s iTunes music service to its customers, McDonald’s is close to a announcing a much bigger deal, The Post has learned.

In a dramatic move that gives a thumbs up to the music industry’s efforts at creating legal alternatives to file sharing, McDonald’s plans to give away up to 1 billion songs in a marketing campaign, according to sources familiar with the matter.”

Musicmatch warns iPod users of iTunes conflict

Several readers note that Musicmatch has sent an email regarding a serious software conflict with iTunes for Windows.

“As a valued Musicmatch customer and iPod user, we want to alert you to a serious software conflict caused by iTunes for Windows.

Apple iTunes for Windows prevents Musicmatch

Billboard: iTunes faces hurdles in Europe

“Apple’s plans to take a bite out of the still nascent European sector will depend strongly on its capacity to deal with the region’s complex multilingual, multicultural and multi-regulatory issues. Moreover, it will face intense competition from already established music e-tailers and other U.S. rivals.”

Macworld UK: ‘Bundle iTunes’, Apple exec urges PC makers

“Speaking on the Inside Digital Media show, Lowe said: “We suggest that manufacturers on any platform looking for a jukebox to carry with their products should take a look at us. iTunes is the best jukebox and the best music store as well.”

Lowe, director of marketing for application services, went on to repeat Apple’s claim that one million Windows users downloaded iTunes software within three-and-a-half days of its release, and that a million song sales also took place.”

NY Times: iTunes is best vs. the rest

“The best music store-jukebox is Apple’s iTunes, for a list of reasons as long as a Wagner opera. Its copying policies are by far the most liberal: unlimited iPod copies, unlimited burns to CD as long as you rearrange the song order after every 10 copies, easy re-authorizing. It’s the only service to offer pleasant extras like audio books (5,000), spending limits (are you listening, parents of teenagers?) and gift certificates.”

Standford Students rave over iTunes sharing service

“With a program for Macs and PCs that allows users to listen to the music of any iTuner who authorizes it and is on the same network, more Stanford students are jumping on the iTunes bandwagon. [...]

‘They have a super cool just-as-good-as-Mac version out now for Windows, ‘Wang said. ‘Once you get the program, you can access the MP3 music library of anyone on the local network (so it’s almost as good as downloading, but you don’t fill up your hard drive) and, oh yeah, it’s not illegal. Woohoo’”

Recommend a song at DailyTunes.com

DailyTunes.com launched today—a new song recommendation site for iTunes users.  The site provides iTunes links to the Music Store for each song listed.  User recommendation lists and associations offer a lot of potential for new music discovery… allowing users to “surf” music by linking from one song to the next (related) song.

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