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May 01, 2003

Apple's Online Music Biz "Observers are calling the launch of Apple Computer's digital music service the iTunes Music Store an overwhelming success, Billboard Bulletin reports. The service, which went live Monday, sold an estimated 275,000 tracks at 99 cents apiece in its first 18 hours, according to major-label sources."

I think this could be the "proof of concept" for digital distribution that moves us past the tipping point for online sales of creative works.

I do worry a little about Apple in this though. The Billboard piece quotes Apple as saying that a Windows version of iTunes is coming later this year. The iApps have been a very important differentiator to attract people to Mac hardware. If they are also available on Windows why buy a Mac? *I* know the why, but I'm not sure that the first-time computer buyers, and potential switchers do.

Posted by jghiii at May 1, 2003 12:17 PM
Posted by: Mr Peabody on May 2, 2003 01:36 PM

Speaking of the music industry, which is stereotypically assumed to be run by members of the Jewish faith --- did you hear the one about the Rabbi and the Priest?

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