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Mix: MP3 market, Coldplay, Distractions, NYPL

The MP3 player market is set to double between 2005 and 2009, DisplaySearch analyst John Jacobs said yesterday. He expects the global MP3 player market to exceed 50 million units this year.

Coldplay’s new album, X&Y, topped the sales charts in the U.S. and also did well in digital format. Approximately 8% (about 62,000) of the nearly 740,000 copies sold in the first week were downloaded from online stores. “Most of those sales were at Apple’s market-dominating iTunes Music Store, which had been accepting orders for the album for a month,” reports the LA Times.

A British sociologist says that iPod owners “love being able to shut out the world’s distractions, hate their cellphones and would prefer not to talk to anyone.”

The New York Public Library has excluded iPod users from access to its new audio eBook collection because of its choice to use a Windows Media-based technology for the audio DRM.

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In other news, Apple Computer has excluded non-iPod users from access to its audio collection because of its choice to use an iTunes-based technology for the audio DRM.

Posted by scalawag on June 17, 2005 at 10:06 AM (PDT)

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If you want a superior music-management and music store program, expect no less than to use the superior portable MP3 player with it.

Posted by louispavlo in Southampton, UK on June 18, 2005 at 11:54 AM (PDT)

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One difference being, scalawag, is that the iTunes store is a purchasing choice up to an individual.  If Apple chooses to sell only a format I can’t use, they don’t get my money.  The tradition of Public Libraries in the U.S. is free, fair and equal access to all and Public Libraries have made a purchasing decision (spending public tax dollars) to buy into a service that very few of their patrons can actually use.  In other words, my local library spent MY money on a service I can’t use.  Though there will always be someone “left out”, the systems that libraries are choosing now are knowingly shutting out a vast majority of installed, potential, users because of their choice of file formats.  It would seem that the responsible thing for them to do would have been to buy into a system that was usable by the widest range of users…and the iPod is by far, the largest installed base right now, love it or hate it.
An example: A small town public library in Maine does not spend thousands of dollars a year to purchase books written in Greek if they do not have the demand for - or patrons who are able to read - books in Greek.  Many libraries DO have a large audience for digital audio books, but to buy into a system that those patrons can not use without further expenditure of their own (to buy new players), is irresponsible stewardship of public funds, I think.

Posted by BookPodder on June 20, 2005 at 11:38 AM (PDT)

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