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iTunes Music Store Launched

Along with new iPod and iTunes, Steve Jobs announced the new iTunes Music Store at a press conference in San Francisco today. Integrated into iTunes 4, the service offers Mac users a convenient method to search or browse for songs and purchase via 1-Click ordering at .99 cents each. Apple has provided an online users guide to help navigate the new service.

“The revolutionary iTunes Music Store puts 200,000 songs at your fingertips. It?s built right into iTunes 4 and lets you search or browse genres, new releases, exclusives and more. Preview any song for free, when you find a song you want, buy it for just 99.”


  • 1-Click ordering

  • Songs have 30 second preview

  • Music service works on all iPods and up to 3 Macs.

  • Works on Macs only and Windows support expected end of year

  • All songs encoded in 128bit AAC

  • Cover art included with each song

  • Over 200,000 tracks available with unlimited CD burning

  • Organized and easy to find music                            

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    OK, let me ask it here too.

    What is up with the “Apple ID or .Mac” account requirement? Isn’t it that those actually cost money (like $100/yr)? Isn’t that a subscription fee? Did I miss something?

    Posted by pbox on April 28, 2003 at 2:16 PM (PDT)


    I just download a new album by Mindi Abair.  I really like the store.  Worked flawlessly.  Great selection.  I’m liking the AAC format.  I’m listening to the album now on PB12 with Grado SR60s.  Sounds great.

    Posted by Lextek in CT on April 28, 2003 at 2:25 PM (PDT)


    Apple, I wish you the all luck in the World. You’ll need it - the courage you still don’t lack

    Posted by mak on April 28, 2003 at 3:32 PM (PDT)


    The iTunes Music Store does not require a .Mac membership. If you have ever bought anything online at, you most likely already have an Apple ID. If not, you just need to register for a free Apple ID to use with iTunes Music Store. In iTunes 4, click “Sign In” (upper right corner) then click “Create Account”. Follow the process.

    Posted by Dennis Lloyd in Irvine, CA on April 28, 2003 at 3:35 PM (PDT)


    Why only available in the US ? What ever happened to the Internet being a global thing .....?

    Posted by chrisf on April 28, 2003 at 5:50 PM (PDT)

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