“Apple has caused a tidal wave of change in the music industry”

“In the not-too-distant future when compact discs are museum pieces and vinyl records are near fossils, 2003 will be remembered as the year digital music stepped into the mainstream. […]

Mark Mulligan, an analyst with Jupiter Research, said: “A lot of the important building blocks have now been put into place. […]

Effectively a device for storing music files, the iPod helped kickstart a rush to move music from the compact disc to the portable hard disc drive.

In an effort to boost iPod sales, Apple launched its own online music service in May 2003, offering music lovers a wide range of tracks for 99 cents.”

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