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  Apple Brings Good Karma to Online Music
Subject:   iTunes4, music store
Date:   2003-04-29 11:39:14
From:   anonymous2
contrary to many, 99 cents/song is NOT cheap. norah jones' "come away with me" is $13.98 for the album, but it's selling at most stores for about 11 bucks these days. but what the music store does offer is a truly unique buying EXPERIENCE. it's willy wonka's factory (sans oompah loompahs) for the audiophile - beautiful, colorful, and even a bit dangerous (i HAD to give it a try so i downloaded a cranberries album!). i'm not sure how successful it will be in the long run, which is what industry analysts measure. i hope it will be successful, but we'll wait and see.
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  • iTunes4, music store
    2003-04-29 12:15:51  anonymous2 [View]

    99 cents is cheaper than buying a whole cd for two songs. I purchased two albums (Jane's Addiction and Jimmy Buffet) for 9.99 each and another single track that wasn't available otherwise. I'd have paid 25- 30 easy for those two and I couldn't get the single by itself if I wanted to. I'll pay a buck to own just the songs I want.

    • Jason Deraleau photo iTunes4, music store
      2003-04-29 13:20:59  Jason Deraleau | O'Reilly Author [View]

      99 cents is cheaper than buying a whole cd for two songs.

      Exactly. But a lot of people seem to be missing that. I'd rather buy the hit songs on an album and then preview the rest with the 30 second clips, grabbing what else catches my ear. On many CDs these days, that'll total about three or four worthwhile songs. $3.98 later and I have the music I want legally. Normally I'd go down to my local Circuit City (ever Tuesday) and spend $13 for the same album and hate half of it.

      It'll be interesting to see what happens once this service succeeds and people stop buying whole albums. I wonder if it will drastically change the music industry.
      • Derrick Story photo iTunes4, music store -- Solid Numbers
        2003-04-29 14:09:06  Derrick Story | O'Reilly AuthorO'Reilly Blogger [View]

        I think one change that's going to happen is that artists and record companies are going to get solid feedback on what customers like, and don't like.

        This is one reason why I enjoy writing for the Web. I get solid numbers on my articles. If I were a musician, I'd want that too.

        I think it's great that we don't have to buy a whole album. Sometimes I want to, sometimes I don't. That's what choice is all about.
    • iTunes4, music store
      2003-04-29 15:51:54  stmpjmpr [View]

      True, but Jones' album is one of the few I'd care to own all the tracks of. Now you can own half of the songs if you like, or just one.
    • iTunes4, music store
      2004-01-22 03:30:00  jmeyers [View]

      Not Goog so cheap
  • iTunes4, music store
    2003-05-07 20:00:39  anonymous2 [View]

    Cutting thru all this HYPE. I'm new to the on-line music thing and I hope this will be successful to. But the m4p aac is not compatable with mp3 players. I just spent $2,500 for the newest Alpine car head end with DVD/CD/MP3. I can't play music I paid for in my car player. It won't burn in mp3 format. If I burn it in data cd format, the mp3 player ignors it. I suspect this is an attempt to increase sales for iPod. What are we all going to do, sit in front of the computer or hang a iPod on the belt to enjoy this music? I think in order this service to survive, mp3 format will need to be made available for purchase.