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Macworld: iTunes Music Store - some facts

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By Bob Levens

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Published: Tuesday, January 6, 2004
News Categories: iTunes

  • 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!

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

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

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  • 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!

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    Comments

    1

    hmm… is the system broken or do I have a cache that won’t go away? I’m not seeing any updates on here since the stuff about itunes that the keynote started with….

    Posted by JC on January 6, 2004 at 10:15 AM (PDT)

    2

    THERE ARE NEW MINI IPODS!!!!!
    they are the size of a business card and 1/2 inch thick. 4GB for $249 selling from next month in a variety of colours. Same interface as iPod with buttuons on wheel. Flash Drive. Comes with a dock, armband, and USB 2.0 and firewire cables. (charges from both) New earbuds and 10GB becomes 15GB for free. 1000 songs!! See [url=http://www.macrumors.com]http://www.macrumors.com[/url]

    Posted by Max Tipper on January 6, 2004 at 10:22 AM (PDT)

    3

    Well, the Apple Store is open again! The iPod mini is a fact.

    Unfortunatly, it’s $249 for a 4GB hard drive version of the iPod. I’m sorry, but that’s too much! Why would I spend $250 for 4GB when I can add an extra $50 and get 15GB.

    Apple REALLY needs to come out with a “solid state” iPod that uses some kind of flash RAM that can be changed by the user. More importantly, they need to get into the $100 market.

    I don’t understand why they think that people who can’t afford $299 will be able to afford $249!

    Ah well, maybe next MacWorld…

    Posted by Dave Metzener in Manchester, MO USA on January 6, 2004 at 10:24 AM (PDT)

    4

    Why not a 2gb model for $150-$175???  I would have gone for that, but since I already own a 20gb iPod I don’t see any reason to pay $250 for 4gb.  The design lived up to the hype, too bad the price couldn’t match it.

    Posted by kingengland on January 6, 2004 at 10:52 AM (PDT)

    5

    Did they say iTunes will now be $50????

    Posted by Eric on January 6, 2004 at 11:28 AM (PDT)

    6

    Phew!!!!! Nevermind, the place I read that said “iTunes 04 will sell for $49 but will be free with every new Mac”, but it looks like they meant to say iLife 04, which happens to include the still free iTunes.

    Posted by Eric on January 6, 2004 at 11:48 AM (PDT)

    7

    What I want to know who was it that spent $30k on music in the iTunes store, an alien studying the music of the earth or some monk whose just come out of a 40 year self-imposed solitude. Perhaps it was Bill Gates testing how the iTunes store worked successfully.

    Posted by glad1959 on January 6, 2004 at 12:57 PM (PDT)

    8

    Any news on itunes in the UK

    Posted by bigal in UK on January 6, 2004 at 1:35 PM (PDT)

    9

    Good question Glad1959. Maybe it was one account for all the Apple Stores? I think they all have musical content on their display machines and iPods. Either they have a special deal or they had to buy music for every 3 machines. ANyone know?

    Posted by Eric on January 6, 2004 at 1:58 PM (PDT)

    10

    But did he announce the iTMS would be coming to any other countries??????????? If he didn’t I will be just slightly p!$$&)

    Posted by Nuke666 on January 6, 2004 at 2:05 PM (PDT)

    11

    Please someone say he did

    Posted by Nuke666 on January 6, 2004 at 2:55 PM (PDT)

    12

    So when is iTunes MS coming to the UK? Because I WANT IT NOW.

    Posted by Tom on January 6, 2004 at 6:10 PM (PDT)

    13

    the itunes store has a smaller selection of music than my local longs drugs

    Posted by JP on January 7, 2004 at 8:53 AM (PDT)

    14

    In itunes for windows is there any way to purge duplicate songs w/out going through every one? (I have hundreds of duplicates)

    Posted by Jim on February 14, 2004 at 11:28 AM (PDT)

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