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The correct title of this article is iTunes Music Store. The initial letter is capitalized due to technical restrictions.
The United Kingdom iTunes Music Store.
The United Kingdom iTunes Music Store.

The iTunes Music Store is an online music service run by Apple Computer through its iTunes application. Opened on April 28, 2003, the Store proved the viability of online music sales. As of February 2006, the Store had sold over 1 billion songs, more than 80% of worldwide online digital music sales. Downloaded files come with restrictions on their use, enforced by FairPlay, Apple's version of digital rights management.
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Contents


Features and restrictions

  • Pricing: One set price for songs (actual price varies by the user's country; e.g., 99¢ in the U.S. and Canada, $1.69 in Australia, €0.99 in the EU or 79 pence in the UK, with the exception of the Japanese store, which sells songs for either ¥150 or ¥200). Most albums cost $9.99 in the US. Volume discounts of up to 20% are available for purchases of more than 25,000 songs (10,000 for educational institutions).[1]
  • Platform(s): Any operating system or device supported by iTunes; Mac OS X (not Mac OS Classic), Windows 2000, Windows XP, Windows Server 2003, Windows Vista, and some mobile phones.
  • Downloading: Yes.
  • Burning/Copying: Yes, seven maximum copies of a single playlist can be burnt.
  • Streaming: 30-second previews can be streamed; purchased songs cannot.
  • Format: Protected AAC music (extension: .m4p, not the regular AAC extension .m4a) at 128 kbit/s, Audible audiobooks at 32 kbit/s.
  • Digital restrictions: Streaming to five computers every 24 hours, unlimited CDs (seven with an unchanged playlist), unlimited iPods. (Formerly: three – then five – computers per 24 hours; and 10 unchanged playlist burns.)
  • Preview: 30 seconds.
  • Trial: N/A
  • Protocol: iTunes Music Store Protocol (itms://) for opening the iTunes application and the requested store page to buy music. Example: itms://ax.phobos.apple.com.edgesuite.net/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum. itms:// is not a real protocol, but refers to HTTP URLs that need to open in iTunes.
  • Catalog: More than 2,900,000 songs (includes audio books), 60,000 podcasts, 9000 music videos, 150+ television programs; (originally iTMS contained about 200,000 files).
  • Features: Allowance, Just for you, Celebrity Playlists, gift certificates and gift cards, iMix (user-submitted playlists), Podcasts, Billboard charts, radio charts, advanced search, music videos, short films, television shows, and movie trailers.
  • Availability: To buy files through iTMS, a users must have a pre-paid card, e.g. an iTunes gift card, or use a credit card with a billing address in Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Republic of Ireland, Italy, Japan, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom, or the United States. Other people can download podcasts and previews only.
  • Customer Support: Apple provides no customer support for the iTunes Music Store over the phone (Slate attempted to uncover one[2]). All customer service inquiries are done over the web.[3]

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Background

Debuting on April 28, 2003, the iTunes Music Store was the first online music store to gain widespread media attention. Apple's store allows the user to purchase songs and transfer them easily to the iPod through iTunes. The iPod remains one of the few digital music players (besides some Motorola cell phones) that are intended to work with the iTunes Music Store, although some other digital music players will work with iTunes. April 28 is the 118th day of the year (119th in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar, with 247 days remaining. ... 2003 (MMIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... A white 5th generation video iPod with a sleeve and earbuds. ...


The store began after Apple signed deals with the five major record labels at the time, EMI, Universal, Warner Bros, Sony Music Entertainment and BMG (the latter two would later merge to form Sony BMG). Music by more than 600 independent label artists was added later, the first being Moby on July 29, 2003. The EMI Group is a major record label, based in Kensington in London, in the United Kingdom. ... Universal Music Group (UMG), formerly MCA Music Entertainment (see Music Corporation of America), is the largest major label in the record industry. ... The WB Shield, used from 2001 to late 2003. ... Sony Music Entertainment is a major global record label controlled by the Sony Corporation. ... BMG (Bertelsmann Music Group) is one of the six divisions of Bertelsmann. ... The Sony BMG Music Entertainment logo. ... An independent record label is variously described as a record label operating without the funding (or outside the organizations) of the major record labels, and/or a label that subscribes to indie philosophies such as DIY and anti-corporate art. ... Moby (born Richard Melville Hall on September 11, 1965 in Darien, Connecticut) is an American electronic musician and a name of his live band. ... July 29 is the 210th day (211th in leap years) of the year in the Gregorian Calendar, with 155 days remaining. ... 2003 (MMIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


The total offering includes more than 2,000,000 songs, including exclusive tracks from more than 20 artists, including Bob Dylan, U2, Eminem, Brie Larson, Sheryl Crow and Sting. Each song can be downloaded for 99 US cents. Free 30-second previews are available of every song. Most albums are priced at 9.99 US dollars, although some longer-than-average albums cost more, and others less. The user can transfer downloaded songs to an unlimited number of iPods, and burn compact discs from playlists up to seven times. Bob Dylan (born Robert Allen Zimmerman on May 24, 1941) is an American singer-songwriter, author, musician and poet. ... U2 is an Irish rock band formed in Dublin, featuring Bono (Paul David Hewson) on vocals, rhythm guitar and harmonica; The Edge (David Howell Evans) on lead guitar, keyboards and backing vocals; Adam Clayton on bass guitar; and Larry Mullen, Jr. ... Marshall Bruce Mathers III (born October 17, 1972) is an American rapper and occasional actor, best known as Eminem, his stage name. ... Brie Larson (born Brianne Sidonie Desaulniers on October 1, 1989) is an American actress and pop singer. ... Sheryl Suzanne Crow (Born February 11, 1962) is an eight-time Grammy winning American blues rock singer, guitarist, bassist and songwriter. ... Sting in Budapest, 2000 Gordon Matthew Sumner, CBE (born October 2, 1951), usually known by his stage name Sting, is an English musician from Newcastle upon Tyne. ... The title given to this article is incorrect due to technical limitations. ... The Compact Disc logo was inspired by that of the previous Compact Cassette. ...


Catalog content

Currently, new songs are added each Tuesday. Apple also releases a 'Single of the Week' and usually a 'Discovery Download,' on Tuesdays, which are available for free for one week.

A pre-order album is distinguished by the orange label and a detailed background of the artist as well as the songs expected in the album.
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A pre-order album is distinguished by the orange label and a detailed background of the artist as well as the songs expected in the album.

As of 2005, Apple Computer places future release albums on pre-order status. This is the first time an album of its kind integrates bonus songs and music videos not found in the physical version. The additional songs are only available to those who pre-order the album, after its release, the songs are removed. These type of albums include a digital booklet. This was the first indication that iTunes would gain video playback in the near future with the inclusion of videos in pre-order albums. The first such album was X&Y by Coldplay. Image File history File links Download high-resolution version (828x720, 117 KB) Summary iTunes Music Store (U. S. ) Licensing This is a screenshot of copyrighted computer software for Mac OS or Mac OS X, and copyright for it is most likely held by the author(s) or the company that... Image File history File links Download high-resolution version (828x720, 117 KB) Summary iTunes Music Store (U. S. ) Licensing This is a screenshot of copyrighted computer software for Mac OS or Mac OS X, and copyright for it is most likely held by the author(s) or the company that... Apple Computer, Inc. ... X&Y is the third album by English rock band Coldplay, first released in various countries in early June 2005 (see 2005 in music). ... Coldplay are a post-Britpop/alternative rock band from London, England known for their rock melodies and introspective lyrics. ...


The iTunes Music Store also includes over 9,000 audio books, encoded at 32 kbit/s. 90 second previews are offered for every book. These books are provided by Audible.com. This is the same format available if you signed up directly with Audible.com and chose the "iPod" format, the main difference being that it is not necessary to sign up for a subscription to get audiobooks as is the case with Audible. A small discount is still provided by getting the Audiobooks through the iTMS, but on a selective basis by Apple in comparison to an "always on member discount" if one has an Audible subscription. Audible. ...


The iTunes Music Store lacks music from some popular bands, such as The Beatles, Led Zeppelin, AC/DC, Garth Brooks, Tool, Kid Rock, Radiohead, Eagles, Bob Seger, and Jethro Tull. Led Zeppelin and Radiohead are not included due to a belief (by the bands) that their songs should not be available outside of albums, (though there is an "album-only" option available on some albums on iTunes prohibiting the download of individual tracks), while The Beatles' record company Apple Records is currently in a legal battle with Apple Computer over the name "Apple." (On May 8, 2006, a ruling was declared in favor of Apple Computer, but Apple Records has said they will appeal the ruling. See also: Apple Corps v. Apple Computer.) There are, however, biographies within the Music Store for both Led Zeppelin[4] and The Beatles.[5] iTunes added the whole Metallica catalog (minus Metallica's S&M collaborative album with the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra) on July 25, 2006, ending what was arguably the most significant holdout to iTunes' track-based sales model. On August 29, 2006, the entire catalog of Linkin Park, including their collaborative work, was finally added. Garth Brooks currently has a contract that distributes his music exclusively through Wal-Mart, making him the first major artist to have such a deal. The iTunes catalog does contain certain exceptions including a Tony Sheridan collaboration album with The Beatles, Kid Rock's first album, Grits Sandwiches For Breakfast and two Radiohead songs. The Beatles were an English music group from Liverpool who continue to be held in the highest esteem for their artistic achievements, their huge commercial success, their groundbreaking role in the history of popular music, and their contributions to popular culture. ... Led Zeppelin were an English rock band that was described by the BBC as one of the most influential bands of the rock era. ... AC/DC are a hard rock band formed in Sydney, Australia in 1973 by rhythm guitarist Malcolm Young and his brother, lead guitarist Angus Young. ... Garth Brooks, from his No Fences album Troyal Garth Brooks (born February 7, 1962 in Tulsa, Oklahoma) is an American country music singer songwriter and charity director. ... Tool is an American rock band, formed in 1990 in Los Angeles, California, when drummer Danny Carey joined the rehearsal of his neighbor, singer Maynard James Keenan, guitarist Adam Jones and bassist Paul dAmour, when nobody else would show up. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... Radiohead are an English band from Oxfordshire. ... The Eagles redirects here. ... Bob Seger Robert Clark Bob Seger (born May 6, 1945) is an American rock musician who achieved his greatest success in the 1970s and 1980s. ... Jethro Tull is a progressive rock band that formed in Blackpool, England in the 1960s. ... Apple Records logo, featuring a Granny Smith apple. ... May 8 is the 128th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (129th in leap years). ... 2006 (MMVI) is a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Between 1978 and 2006 there have been a number of legal disputes between Apple Corps (owned by The Beatles) and the computer manufacturer Apple Computer over competing trademark rights. ... Metallica is an American heavy metal band. ... S&M is Metallicas ninth album, recorded live with the San Francisco Symphony on April 21 and 22, 1999. ... The San Francisco Symphony is a major orchestra based in San Francisco, California. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Garth Brooks, from his No Fences album Troyal Garth Brooks (born February 7, 1962 in Tulsa, Oklahoma) is an American country music singer songwriter and charity director. ... Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. ... Tony Sheridan (born Andrew Esmond Sheridan McGinnity on May 21, 1940), is an English rock and roll singer-songwriter and guitarist. ...


As of August 2005, the Japanese store offers no songs from Sony Music Entertainment. However, some musicians like Motoharu Sano are trying to sign with Apple independently. On September 6, 2005, Sony announced that it plans to sell songs through the iTMS but did not give a specific date.[6] Similarly, the Australian store didn't offer any songs from Sony BMG until January 17, 2006, when Sony and Apple finally reached an agreement. 2005 : January - February - March - April - May - June - July - August - September - October - November - December- → Deaths in August August 31: Michael Sheard August 26: Lord Fitt August 24: Jack Slipper August 24: Maurice Cowling August 24: Dr. Tom Pashby August 23: Brock Peters August 22: Lord Lane August 21: Robert Moog August... Sony Music Entertainment is a major global record label controlled by the Sony Corporation. ... This article is about the day of the year. ... 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Bertelsmann is a transnational media corporation founded in 1835, based in G tersloh, Germany. ... January 17 is the 17th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... 2006 (MMVI) is a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


In 2004, CDBaby (an online music store which features more than 100,000 independent artists) signed a deal with Apple and managed to get every artist who sells albums there (of those who wanted digital music distribution) on iTunes. 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... CDBaby is an online record store that sells CDs by independent musicians (independent means that these artists are not signed to any major record companies but distribute their CDs either through their own small labels or through small Independent record labels). ...


As of December 2005 the iTunes Music Store includes more than 3,000 videos and 2 million songs.[7] December 2005 : January - February - March - April - May - June - July - August - September - October - November - December- → 31 December 2005 (Saturday) 25-year-old Scottish human rights worker Kate Burton and her parents are freed unharmed in the Gaza Strip by the Palestinian gunmen who kidnapped them two days earlier. ...


Video

In October 2005, Apple announced the latest iPod would be capable of playing video files, which would be sold online through iTunes. These videos included 2000 music videos and episodes of popular television programs. Apple made a deal with Disney to be the first supplier of TV shows, the first shows available included all the episodes of Lost and Desperate Housewives with each episode becoming available the day following its original airing on broadcast TV. Several short animated films by Pixar are also available. 2005 : January - February - March - April - May - June - July - August - September - October - November - December- → Deaths in October 28: Richard Smalley 26: Emil Kyulev 24: José Azcona del Hoyo 24: Rosa Parks 23: Stella Obasanjo 22: Liam Lawlor 22: Shirley Horn 20: Endon Mahmood 17: Ba Jin 10: Milton Obote 7: Charles... A frame from Bob Dylans Subterranean Homesick Blues video. ... The Walt Disney Company (most commonly known as Disney) (NYSE: DIS) is one of the largest media and entertainment corporations in the world. ... Lost is an American drama television series that follows the survivors of a plane crash on a mysterious tropical island, somewhere in the South Pacific. ... Desperate Housewives is an American television series, created by Marc Cherry, that began airing on ABC in 2004. ... Pixar Animation Studios is an award-winning American computer animation studio based in Emeryville, California (USA). ...


The selling of videos on iTunes sparked considerable debate as to whether there was a paying audience for programming available for free on TV. As MP3 Newswire pointed out, users are not so much paying for the TV programs themselves. Instead they are really paying for a service that offers the convenience of someone else digitizing free broadcast episodes for them for their portable device, each episode in commercial-free form, and a convenient place to select and download individual shows. Through an updated version of QuickTime Pro, users can create their own videos for the iPod, including digitized versions of programs recorded on their VCR if they wish to take the time and effort and save the cost. As of November 2005, 3 out of the top 5 podcasts in the Dutch iTunes Music Store were VODcasts. QuickTime is a multimedia technology developed by Apple Computer, capable of handling various formats of digital video, sound, text, animation, music, and immersive panoramic (and sphere panoramic) images. ... The video cassette recorder (or VCR, less popularly video tape recorder) is a type of video tape recorder that uses removable cassettes containing magnetic tape to record audio and video from a television broadcast so it can be played back later. ... Ongoing events • Abramoff-Reed gambling scandal • Al Jazeera bombing memo • Avian influenza (H5N1) outbreak • Black sites scandal • Conservative leadership race (UK) • Fuel prices • Irans nuclear program • Jilin chemical plant explosions • Kashmir earthquake • Malawi food crisis • Malaysian prisoner abuse scandal • New Delhi bombings investigation • Niger food crisis • North Indian cyclone... Vodcast (a portmanteau of video podcast or video on demand-cast), VODcast or video podcast is an emerging term used for the online delivery of video on demand video clip content via Atom or RSS enclosures. ...

The following is a partial list of television shows available for download from the iTunes Music Store: Category: ...

Market share and milestones

  • The store sold about 275,000 tracks in its first 18 hours and more than 1,000,000 tracks in its first 5 days. When released for Windows, iTunes was downloaded more than 1,000,000 times in the first 3 days and more than 1,000,000 songs were sold in that period.
  • On December 15, 2003 Apple announced that it had sold 25 million songs since the launch in April.
  • In January 2004 at the Macworld Conference & Expo in San Francisco, Steve Jobs announced (Sellers, 2004) that an unnamed person had purchased $29,500 USD worth of music.
  • On March 15, 2004, Apple announced that iTunes Music Store customers had purchased and downloaded 50 million songs from the iTunes Music Store. They also reported that customers were purchasing 2.5 million songs a week which translates to a projected annual run rate of 130 million songs a year. The 50 millionth song was "The Path of Thorns" by Sarah McLachlan.[8]
  • On April 28, 2004, the iTunes Music Store marked its one year anniversary with 70 million songs sold, the clear dominance in the paid online music market and the slight profit.[9] The store also offers hundreds of movie trailers and music videos, in an attempt to boost soundtrack sales. In the conference, Steve Jobs reiterated that a subscription service is still not the interest of customers and reported that only 5 million of the 100 million songs offered in the Pepsi giveaway campaign were redeemed, which he blamed on technical problems in Pepsi distribution.
  • According to an Apple Press Release released on August 10, 2004, the iTunes Music Store is the first store to have a catalog of more than one million songs.[10] Also, the iTunes Music Store at that point maintained an over 70% market share of legal music downloads.
  • On September 1, 2004 the iTunes Music Store had surpassed 125 million songs sold.[11]
  • On October 14, 2004 the iTunes Music Store had surpassed 150 million songs sold.[12]
  • On December 16, 2004 the iTunes Music Store had surpassed 200 million songs sold. Ryan Alekman of Belchertown, Massachusetts, USA, bought the 200 millionth song, which was one of the tracks on U2's digital box set "The Complete U2".[13]
  • On January 24, 2005 the iTunes Music Store sold a quarter of a billion songs worldwide.[14]
  • As of March 2, 2005, the iTunes Music Store had surpassed 300 million songs sold.[15]
  • On May 10, 2005 Apple announced that it had sold over 400 million songs.[16]
  • On July 5, 2005 Apple announced that the countdown to half a billion songs had begun.[17]
  • On July 18, 2005 Apple announced that it had sold 500 million songs. Amy Greer of Lafayette, Indiana, USA, bought the 500 millionth song, "Mississippi Girl" by Faith Hill.[18]
  • On October 31, 2005 Apple announced that iTunes Music Store customers had purchased and downloaded 1 million videos since the launch of video support on October 12, 2005.[19]
  • On December 6, 2005 Apple announced that iTunes Music Store customers had purchased and downloaded over 3 million videos.[20]
  • On January 10, 2006 Apple announced that the iTunes Music Store had sold 850 million songs and 8 million videos.[21]
  • On February 23, 2006 Apple announced that the iTunes Music Store had sold 1 billion songs and 15 million videos. The billionth song was “Speed of Sound” by Coldplay, purchased by Alex Ostrovsky of West Bloomfield, Michigan.[22]

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Internationalization

Originally only Mac OS X users who had credit cards with a U.S. billing address could buy songs with the service, but Steve Jobs, the CEO of Apple, announced plans to support both Windows and non-American users. The Windows version of iTunes and support for the Windows platform from the iTunes Music Store were announced on October 16, 2003, with immediate availability. Beginning in 2004, the service has become available in a number of countries outside the U.S.: Steven Paul Jobs (born February 24, 1955) is currently the CEO of Apple Computer and is a leading figure in both the computer and entertainment industries. ... Microsoft Windows is a family of operating systems by Microsoft for use on personal computers, although versions of Windows designed for servers, embedded devices, and other platforms also exist. ... October 16 is the 289th day of the year (290th in Leap years). ... 2003 (MMIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ...

  • On 15 June 2004, the iTunes Music Store was launched in France, Germany, and the United Kingdom. Songs were priced at 99c (€0.99) for France and Germany, and 79 pence (£0.79) for the United Kingdom. According to an Apple Press Release, the European iTunes Music Stores sold a combined total of 800,000 songs in one week, with 450,000 of those songs sold in the UK.[23]
  • On 26 October 2004 nine countries were added to the iTunes Music Store in a large EU store expansion: Austria, Belgium, Finland, Greece, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Portugal, and Spain. This extended availability to all countries in the Eurozone except for the Republic of Ireland, where the iTMS became available on 6 January 2005. These countries also pay €0.99 for songs, and formerly shared catalogues. Recently some such as the Italian or Portuguese store were localised (language-wise). Some of these stores also currently lack music videos (e.g. Portugal) The French, German, American, and British stores are localized for their respective countries and have different catalogs. On 3 December 2004 the British Office of Fair Trading referred the iTunes Music Store to the European Commission because it prevents consumers in one EU country from buying music from stores in other EU countries, in violation of EU free-trade legislation; the immediate cause of the referral was because the €0.99 price charged in the Eurozone equates to 68 pence in sterling, rather than the 79 pence actually charged there.
  • The iTunes Music Store was launched in Canada on December 3, 2004; Canadian customers pay $0.99 CAD per song.
  • On 10 May 2005, the iTunes Music Store "went live" for Norway, Sweden, Switzerland and Denmark, after about two weeks of speculation about these countries (and Australia) receiving the store.
  • Apple officially launched the iTunes Music Store in Japan on 4 August 2005, with 1 million songs available; 90% of songs are priced at 150 yen.[24] In the next four days the store had sold one million songs–the pace faster than that of the U.S. store.[25] This opening to the world's second largest music market, where iPod controls about 30% market share, came after a long delay. In addition, Apple failed to have one set price for singles. Pundits have speculated that this may indicate the introduction of new price structure to the rest of the stores in future, in favor of record labels who would like to see higher prices for new songs.
  • The iTunes Music Store was launched in Australia on 25 October 2005. Individual songs are priced at AUD$1.69 per track, album prices vary but are generally priced at $16.99. The recent release of video-capable iPods also saw the store launch with music videos and short films by Pixar available for $3.39 each, although TV episodes are not currently available. Stores in the Coles Myer retail chain sell iTunes Music Cards in denominations of $20, $50 and $100. Access was inadvertently given to some people in New Zealand, too.[26] Failed negotiations with the Sony BMG label (which had delayed the launch of the Australian iTMS significantly) meant that none of that label's artists were available at the time of launch. Sony music was later added starting on January 17, 2006.

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File format

Protected AAC file.
Protected MP4 file.

Songs are encoded using FairPlay-encrypted 128 kbit/s AAC streams in an mp4 wrapper, using the .m4p extension. In practice, the sound quality is roughly comparable to songs encoded at 160 kbit/s (CBR) using Fraunhofer MP3 or 160 kbit/s using Microsoft's Windows Media Audio WMA format.[citation needed] Image File history File links ITunes-aacp. ... Image File history File links ITunes-mpeg4p. ... FairPlay is a Digital rights management (DRM) technology created by Apple Computer, built in to the QuickTime multimedia technology and used by the iPod, iTunes, and the iTunes Music Store. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... MPEG-4 Part 14, formally, ISO/IEC 14496-14:2003, is a multimedia container format standard specified as a part of MPEG-4. ... Constant bit rate (CBR) is a term used in telecommunications, relating to the quality of service. ... The Fraunhofer Society (German Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft) is a German research organization named after the German physicist Joseph von Fraunhofer, with 58 institutes spread throughout Germany, each focusing on different fields of applied science (as opposed to the Max-Planck-Gesellschaft, which works primarily on basic science). ... MPEG-1 Audio Layer 3, more commonly referred to as MP3, is a popular digital audio encoding and lossy compression format, designed to greatly reduce the amount of data required to represent audio, yet still sound like a faithful reproduction of the original uncompressed audio to most listeners. ... Windows Media Audio (WMA) is a proprietary compressed audio file format developed by Microsoft. ...


While licenses to the AAC compression and the mp4 file format are readily available, Apple has not agreed to license their proprietary FairPlay encryption scheme to other hardware manufacturers until recently, so only Apple's iPod was able to play AAC files encrypted with Apple's FairPlay technology, apart from computers with iTunes or Quicktime installed. On September 7, 2005 Motorola and Apple announced the Motorola ROKR E1, which comes with built in iTunes software and can also play songs from the iTMS. About two months later the second cell phone with iTunes, the Motorola RAZR V3i, was announced. The Motorola SLVR L7, released in early 2006, became the second actual phone available on the commercial market to support songs encoded by iTunes or purchased on the iTMS. FairPlay is a Digital rights management (DRM) technology created by Apple Computer, built in to the QuickTime multimedia technology and used by the iPod, iTunes, and the iTunes Music Store. ... September 7 is the 250th day of the year (251st in leap years). ... 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Motorola (NYSE: MOT) is an American international communications company based in Schaumburg, Illinois, a Chicago suburb. ... The Motorola ROKR (pronounced rocker) E1 is the first mobile phone to be integrated with Apple Computers iTunes music player. ... It has been suggested that Motorola RAZR V3x be merged into this article or section. ... Motorola SLVR L7 with iTunes The Motorola SLVR (pronounced sliver) is the name for a series of extremely thin candybar-style mobile phones from Motorola consisting of: Moto L2 (see below) SLVR L6 SLVR L7 and soon to be announced SLVR L7 with i-mode The SLVR L6 is basically...


Currently the digital booklets included with some albums, are in PDF. With the present iPod software, these files are not readable on an iPod. PDF is an abbreviation with several meanings: Portable Document Format Post-doctoral fellowship Probability density function There also is an electronic design automation company named PDF Solutions. ...


Digital rights management

A white fifth-generation iPod with earphones. Only iPods and selected Motorola players are licensed to play music from the iTunes Music Store
A white fifth-generation iPod with earphones. Only iPods and selected Motorola players are licensed to play music from the iTunes Music Store
The Motorola SLVR L7, the latest mobile phone with iTunes
The Motorola SLVR L7, the latest mobile phone with iTunes

Apple's FairPlay Digital rights management (DRM) is integrated into iTunes, which manages songs purchased from iTunes Music Store. Users are not allowed unlimited CD burns of playlists, or to play the songs on more than five computers within 24 hours. However, they are allowed to copy the songs to an unlimited number of iPods. Image File history File links Download high resolution version (1230x1585, 164 KB) This picture may have usage restrictions - iPod 5th Generation white Source:Own picture File links The following pages link to this file: Apple Computer ... Image File history File links Download high resolution version (1230x1585, 164 KB) This picture may have usage restrictions - iPod 5th Generation white Source:Own picture File links The following pages link to this file: Apple Computer ... In-ear headphones Headphones (also known as earphones, stereophones, headsets, or the slang term cans) is a transducer that receives an electrical signal from a media player or receiver and uses speakers placed in close proximity to the ears (hence the name earphone) to convert the signal into audible sound... A white 5th generation video iPod with a sleeve and earbuds. ... Motorola (NYSE: MOT) is an American international communications company based in Schaumburg, Illinois, a Chicago suburb. ... Image File history File links SLVR_L7. ... Image File history File links SLVR_L7. ... Motorola SLVR L7 with iTunes The Motorola SLVR (pronounced sliver) is the name for a series of extremely thin candybar-style mobile phones from Motorola consisting of: Moto L2 (see below) SLVR L6 SLVR L7 and soon to be announced SLVR L7 with i-mode The SLVR L6 is basically... FairPlay is a Digital rights management (DRM) technology created by Apple Computer, built in to the QuickTime multimedia technology and used by the iPod, iTunes, and the iTunes Music Store. ... Digital Rights Management (often abbreviated to DRM) is any of several technologies used by publishers to control access to digital data (such as software, music, movies) and hardware. ...


With the introduction of iTunes 4.5, Apple raised the number of machines allowed to use purchased music from 3 to 5. They also cut the number of times a user can burn CDs of the same playlist from 10 to 7. This adjustment was the result of the renegotiation Apple had with major labels.


Apple's DRM technology is far from unbreakable. SharpMusique has been written to bypass it and allow the files to be used without technological restriction.[27] More simply, a user can convert protected files to unprotected MP3 format by burning them to an audio CD, then ripping them back to iTunes. (Some audio quality is lost in this transcoding from one lossy format to another.) - Or an even quicker, lossless way of "converting" the files is to record the "Wave Out Mix" using an audio recording program (such as Audacity) while playing the song on iTunes - and then exporting it to a format of the user's choice. PyMusique under Microsoft Windows PyMusique (now called SharpMusique) is an iTunes Music Store client written in Python by Travis Watkins, Cody Brocious, and Jon Lech Johansen ostensibly for the purpose of allowing downloads from the iTunes Music Store on Linux. ... In telecommunication, transcoding is the direct digital-to-digital conversion from one encoding scheme, such as voice LPC-10, to a different encoding scheme without returning the signals to analog form. ... A lossy data compression method is one where compressing a file and then decompressing it retrieves a file that may well be different to the original, but is close enough to be useful in some way. ... Audacity is a free cross platform digital audio editor. ...


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  • Apple has maintained tight control of its FairPlay encryption. Other online music stores cannot sell music files encoded with FairPlay, and competing devices from companies such as Creative Labs and iRiver cannot play such files. This means that consumers who want to listen to songs downloaded from the iTunes Music Store must either have an iPod or convert the files to an open format.
  • The iPod does not play files encoded in Microsoft's WMA format or RealNetwork's Helix-protected format. iPod owners who want to play music in these formats must circumvent the files' DRM.

In July 2004, RealNetworks debuted an application named Harmony, which converted files purchased from RealNetworks' RealRhapsody service into a FairPlay-compatible format that an iPod could play. In response, Apple accused RealNetworks of "adopt[ing] the tactics and ethics of a hacker to break into the iPod."[28] and released a firmware upgrade that rendered fourth-generation iPods and iPod mini incapable of playing such files. RealNetworks has vowed to develop another workaround. Creative Technology Ltd. ... iriver (formerly iRiver, full name iriver Limited), daughter company to ReignCom, is a consumer electronics brand founded in 1999 and headquartered in Seoul, Korea. ... 2004 : January - February - March - April - May - June - July - August - September - October - November - December See also: July 2004 in sports Deaths in July • 31 David B. Haight • 29 Francis Crick • 29 Nafisa Joseph • 23 Joe Cahill • 23 Mehmood • 23 Illinois Jacquet • 23 Carlos Paredes • 22 Sacha Distel • 21 Jerry Goldsmith • 21... RealNetworks NASDAQ: RNWK is a provider of Internet media delivery software and services based in Seattle, United States. ... FairPlay is a Digital rights management (DRM) technology created by Apple Computer, built in to the QuickTime multimedia technology and used by the iPod, iTunes, and the iTunes Music Store. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... In computing, firmware is software that is embedded in a hardware device. ...


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In 2006, a controversy erupted about a French draft law aimed at reinforcing the protection of works of art against "piracy", or illegal copying; some clauses of the law could possibly be used to request Apple to provide information about its FairPlay system to manufacturers of competitor players. Apple and associated lobbying groups protested the draft law, going as far as to suggest that it condoned "state-sponsored piracy". Some US commentators claimed that the law was a protectionistic measure against the iPod. 2006 (MMVI) is a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Coat of Arms of the French Republic DADVSI is the abbreviation of the French language Loi sur le droit dauteur et les droits voisins dans la société de linformation (in English: law on authors rights and related rights in the information society). It is a bill...


On June 7, 2006 the Norwegian Consumer Ombudsman, Bjørn Erik Thon, stated that the ITMS violates Norwegian law. The contract conditions were vague and "clearly unbalanced to disfavor the customer". [30] The retroactive changes to the DRM conditions and the incompatibility with other music players are the major points of concern. June 7 is the 158th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (159th in leap years), with 207 days remaining. ... 2006 (MMVI) is a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Look up Ombudsman in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... The title given to this article is incorrect due to technical limitations. ...


Promotions

On Super Bowl Sunday, February 1, 2004, Apple launched a promotion with Pepsi in which they gave away 100 million songs, through tokens on selected soft drink bottle caps. Unfortunately for Apple, Pepsi failed to properly distribute the bottles to major metropolitan areas until only weeks before the promotion ended, despite a one-month extension of the deadline by Apple. The promotion, however, was repeated beginning January 31, 2005, with 200 million songs available, and an iPod mini given away every hour. February 1 is the 32nd day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar. ... 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Pepsi-Cola, most commonly called Pepsi, is a soft drink produced by PepsiCo which is sold worldwide in stores, restaurants and vending machines. ... January 31 is the 31st day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The iPod mini was a smaller version of Apple Computers iPod portable audio player. ...


On July 1, 2004, Apple announced that, starting with the sale of the 95 millionth song, an iPod would be given away to the buyer of each 100 thousandth song, for a total of 50 iPods. The buyer of the 100 millionth song would receive a PowerBook, iPod, and $10,000 gift certificate to the iTunes Music Store. July 1 is the 182nd day of the year (183rd in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar, with 183 days remaining. ... 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... A white 5th generation video iPod with a sleeve and earbuds. ... The PowerBook is a laptop computer line manufactured by Apple Computer; a portable version of the Macintosh aimed at the professional market. ...


Ten days later, on July 11, Apple announced that 100 million songs had been sold through the iTunes Music Store. The 100 millionth song was titled "Somersault (Dangermouse Remix)" by Zero 7, purchased by Kevin Britten of Hays, Kansas. He then received a phone call from Apple CEO Steve Jobs, who offered his congratulations, as well as a 40GB 3rd Generation iPod laser-engraved with a message of thanks. July 11 is the 192nd day (193rd in leap years) of the year in the Gregorian Calendar, with 173 days remaining. ... Brian Joseph Burton, better known by his stage name Danger Mouse, is an American producer and DJ whose most recent work is with Cee-Lo as the duo Gnarls Barkley. ... Zero 7: Sam Hardaker (left) and Henry Binns Zero 7 is a downtempo styled musical duo comprising of Henry Binns and Sam Hardaker from the United Kingdom. ... Hays is a city located in Ellis County, Kansas, near the intersection of Interstate 70 and U.S. Highway 183. ... Steven Paul Jobs (born February 24, 1955) is currently the CEO of Apple Computer and is a leading figure in both the computer and entertainment industries. ... A white 5th generation video iPod with a sleeve and earbuds. ...


Inspired by Pepsi's marketing success with iTunes giveaways, Coca-Cola partnered with 7-Eleven to give away a free iTunes song with every 32 oz. Slurpee frozen beverage until July 31, 2005. Songs could be redeemed until August 31, 2005 by entering a code printed on the Slurpee cup into the iTunes Music Store application. Coca-Cola did this in spite of having its own music store, myCokeMusic.com, that competes with the iTunes Music Store in Europe. The wave shape (known as the dynamic ribbon device) present on all Coca-Cola cans throughout the world derives from the contour of the original Coca-Cola bottles. ... 7-Eleven is an international conglomerate which operates the largest chain of convenience stores in twenty countries including: Canada, United States, Mexico and Puerto Rico in the Americas; Norway, Sweden and Denmark in Europe; Peoples Republic of China, Republic of China (Taiwan), Hong Kong, South Korea and Japan in... In 1965 the Slush drink was first invented by the ICEE Company. ... July 31 is the 212th day (213th in leap years) of the year in the Gregorian Calendar, with 153 days remaining. ... 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... August 31 is the 243rd day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (244th in leap years), with 122 days remaining. ... 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


On July 5, 2005 Apple announced that they were counting down to half a billion songs. The buyer of every 100 thousandth song up to 500 million would receive an iPod mini and a 50-song gift card. The grand prize for the person who downloads the 500 millionth song was 10 iPods of their choice, a 10,000-song gift card, 10 50-song gift cards and 4 tickets to the Coldplay world tour. Twelve days later, on July 17, Apple announced that 500 million songs had been sold through the iTunes Music Store. The 500 millionth song, purchased by Amy Greer of Lafayette, Indiana, was "Mississippi Girl" by Faith Hill. July 5 is the 186th day of the year (187th in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar, with 179 days remaining. ... 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The iPod mini was a smaller version of Apple Computers iPod portable audio player. ... Coldplay are a post-Britpop/alternative rock band from London, England known for their rock melodies and introspective lyrics. ... July 17 is the 198th day (199th in leap years) of the year in the Gregorian calendar, with 167 days remaining. ... Lafayette is a city in Tippecanoe County, Indiana, 74 miles (119 km) northwest of Indianapolis. ... Audrey Faith Perry, later known as Faith Hill (born September 21, 1967 in Jackson, Mississippi), is a successful American country singer, known for her commercial success as well as her much-publicized marriage to country singer Tim McGraw. ...


On July 28, 2005, Apple and Gap announced a promotion to award iTunes music downloads to Gap customers who tried on a pair of Gap jeans.[31] From August 8 to August 31, 2005, each customer who tried on any pair of Gap jeans could receive a free download of their favorite song from the iTunes Music Store. July 28 is the 209th day (210th in leap years) of the year in the Gregorian Calendar, with 156 days remaining. ... 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... August 8 is the 220th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (221st in leap years), with 145 days remaining. ... August 31 is the 243rd day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (244th in leap years), with 122 days remaining. ... 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


On February 7, 2006, Apple announced that they were counting down to the billionth song download and began a promotion similar to the previous 500 million countdown. Whoever downloaded the billionth song would receive a 20-inch iMac, 10 60GB iPods, and a $10,000 iTunes Music Card. The billionth song was purchased on February 22, 2006 by Alex Ostrovsky of West Bloomfield, Michigan. The purchased song was "Speed of Sound" as part of Coldplay's X&Y album. February 7 is the 38th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar. ... 2006 (MMVI) is a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... February 22 is the 53rd day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar. ... 2006 (MMVI) is a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... West Bloomfield Township is a charter township in Oakland County in the U.S. state of Michigan. ... Speed of Sound is the first single from British rock band Coldplays third album, X&Y. It made its radio premiere on BBC Radio 1 with Steve Lamacq on the evening of Monday, 18 April 2005; the track is currently available for download on the bands official site... Coldplay are a post-Britpop/alternative rock band from London, England known for their rock melodies and introspective lyrics. ... X&Y is the third album by English rock band Coldplay, first released in various countries in early June 2005 (see 2005 in music). ...


On July 25, 2006, Facebook and iTunes began offering a promotion where members of the Apple Students group would receive a free 25 song sampler each week until September 30 in various music genres. The idea behind the promotion was to get students more familiar and enthusiastic with each service as fall classes approach [32]. However in order to prevent abuse of the promotion, the weekly code that Facebook provides stops working after it has been redeemed one million times. The promotion has caused some discontent among international students, as the code is only valid in the U.S. music store. July 25 is the 206th day (207th in leap years) of the year in the Gregorian calendar, with 159 days remaining. ... 2006 (MMVI) is a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Facebook is a social networking service for high school, college, university, corporate, non-profit, military and geographic communities primarily in English-speaking countries. ...


Other platforms

Although iTunes is only supported on Windows and Mac OS X operating systems and devices, users of other platforms have been able to buy music from the iTunes Music Store by a variety of methods. iTunes is known to run passably well[33] using the Wine (software) compatibility layer, but this method only works with x86 PCs. This has spurred the development of alternative programs to access the iTunes Music Store, notably PyMusique and its successor SharpMusique. Apple has not been particularly welcoming of such developments, in March 2005 forcing users to upgrade their versions of iTunes in order to shut out an early version of PyMusique from the system[34] but the latest version of PyMusique still works as of August 2006. The Wine project aims to allow a PC running a Unix-like operating system and the X Window System to execute x86 programs for Microsoft Windows. ... x86 or 80x86 is the generic name of a microprocessor architecture first developed and manufactured by Intel. ... PyMusique under Microsoft Windows PyMusique (now rewritten in C# as SharpMusique) is an iTunes Music Store client written in Python by Travis Watkins, Cody Brocious, and Jon Lech Johansen ostensibly for the purpose of allowing downloads from the iTunes Music Store on Linux. ... PyMusique under Microsoft Windows PyMusique (now called SharpMusique) is an iTunes Music Store client written in Python by Travis Watkins, Cody Brocious, and Jon Lech Johansen ostensibly for the purpose of allowing downloads from the iTunes Music Store on Linux. ... 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


Criticism

The iTunes Music Store has been criticized by groups such as Downhill Battle, who claim that the service, while claiming to provide a superior and legal alternative to piracy by offering per-song downloads, does nothing to correct problems with the music industry's business model. Their protest website iTunes iSbogus criticizes Apple's misuse of the opportunity presented by an internet marketplace - calling iTunes a "facelift for a corrupt industry".[35] However, per-song downloads can be disabled by the label, if so requested. Downhill Battle is a non-profit organization based in Worcester, MA. It launched in August 2003 and argues that the four major recording labels have a monopoly that is bad for both musicians and music culture. ...


There are also some minor complaints from iTunes buyers about the pricing structure for TV shows and videos. For example, an hour-long episode of a TV series, like 24, can be bought for $1.99 per episode, while one 3-minute comedy sketch bought as a "music video" costs the same amount. The music video pricing between stores has also been criticised. For example, a music video on the US store, will cost US $1.99 (~€1.55), while the same video on the Irish store (or any other eurozone store with videos) will cost €2.49 (~$3.19). 24 (Twenty-Four) is a current Emmy and Golden Globe award-winning American television action, drama, and political thriller series, created by Joel Surnow and Robert Cochran, and is produced by Imagine Television. ...


See also

Live from London is a series of EPs released exclusively as digital downloads from Apples iTunes Music Store and featuring live recordings of performances at Londons Regent Street Apple Store. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... hymn (Hear Your Music aNywhere) is a piece of computer software, and the successor to the PlayFair program. ... PlaysForSure is a marketing certification given by Microsoft to portable hardware media players that have been verified to work with Microsoft Windows, specifically Windows XP and newer releases. ... MSN Music was created by Microsoft in 2004 to compete with Apples iTunes Music Store. ... Napster, Inc. ... Audible. ... eMusic is an online music store that operates by subscription. ... Beatport is a U.S.-based online music store based in Denver, Colorado that specializes in dance music and remixes. ...

Notes and references

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  2. ^ Calling iTunes, Part 2: Wherein it is revealed that our quarry is a phantom.. Slate.com. Retrieved on February 17, 2006.
  3. ^ iTunes Music Store Support: Customer Service. Apple.com. Retrieved on February 17, 2006.
  4. ^ The Led Zeppelin biography on the iTunes Music Store is available here.
  5. ^ The Beatles biography on the iTunes Music Store is available here.
  6. ^ Sony Music to sell songs to iTunes store. CrissCross.com.
  7. ^ NBC Universal & Apple Offer New Primetime, Cable, Late-Night & Classic TV Shows on the iTunes Music Store. Apple.com. Retrieved on February 17, 2006.
  8. ^ iTunes Music Store Downloads Top 50 Million Songs. Apple.com. Retrieved on February 17, 2006.
  9. ^ Markoff, John (2004). Apple Sells 70 Million Songs In First Year of ITunes Service. NYTimes.com. Retrieved on February 17, 2006.
  10. ^ iTunes Music Store Catalog Tops One Million Songs. Apple.com. Retrieved on February 17, 2006.
  11. ^ Apple Launches iTunes Affiliate Program. Apple.com. Retrieved on February 17, 2006.
  12. ^ iTunes Music Store Downloads Top 150 Million Songs. Apple.com. Retrieved on February 17, 2006.http://www.apple.com/pr/library/2004/oct/14itunes.html
  13. ^ iTunes Music Store Downloads Top 200 Million Songs. Apple.com. Retrieved on February 17, 2006.
  14. ^ iTunes Music Store Downloads Top a Quarter Billion Songs. Apple.com. Retrieved on February 17, 2006.
  15. ^ iTunes Music Store Downloads Surpass 300 Million. Apple.com. Retrieved on February 17, 2006.
  16. ^ iTunes Music Store Launches in Denmark, Norway, Sweden & Switzerland. Apple.com. Retrieved on February 17, 2006.
  17. ^ Apple Kicks Off iTunes Music Store Countdown to Half a Billion Songs. Apple.com. Retrieved on February 17, 2006.
  18. ^ iTunes Music Store Downloads Top Half a Billion Songs. Apple.com. Retrieved on February 17, 2006.
  19. ^ iTunes Music Store Sells One Million Videos in Less Than 20 Days. Apple.com. Retrieved on February 17, 2006.
  20. ^ NBC Universal & Apple Offer New Primetime, Cable, Late-Night & Classic TV Shows on the iTunes Music Store. Apple.com. Retrieved on February 17, 2006.
  21. ^ Macworld '06: An overview of Apple's big day. ComputerWorld.com. Retrieved on February 17, 2006.
  22. ^ iTunes Music Store Downloads Top One Billion Songs. Apple.com. Retrieved on February 23, 2006.
  23. ^ iTunes Music Store in Europe Sells 800,000 Songs in First Week. Apple.com. Retrieved on February 17, 2006.
  24. ^ Apple Launches iTunes Music Store in Japan. Apple.com. Retrieved on February 17, 2006.
  25. ^ Japan iTunes Music Store Sells One Million Songs in First Four Days. Apple.com. Retrieved on February 17, 2006.
  26. ^ Apple inadvertently lights up New Zealand iTMS. Infinite Loop. Retrieved on February 17, 2006.
  27. ^ AlexTheBeast (2005). Download DRM-free Files or Remove DRM From iTMS/iTunes. Tech-Recipes.com. Retrieved on February 17, 2006.
  28. ^ Bangeman, Eric (2004). Apple responds to RealNetworks FairPlay hack. ArsTechnica.com. Retrieved on February 17, 2006.
  29. ^ Lawsuit claims Apple violates law with iTunes. News.com. Retrieved on February 17, 2006.
  30. ^ iTunes violates Norwegian law. Norwegian Consumer Ombudsman. Retrieved on June 8, 2006.
  31. ^ Jeans and Music - The Perfect Fit at Gap this Fall. GapInc.com. Retrieved on February 17, 2006.
  32. ^ Cheng, Jacqui, "Infinite Loop: Apple and Facebook partner up for back to school iTunes promo", arstechnica, 2006-07-25.
  33. ^ Wine Application DB - Viewing App - iTunes. winehq.org. Retrieved on May 1, 2006.
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ITunes Music Store - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (4580 words)
Music by more than 600 independent label artists was added later, the first being Moby on July 29, 2003.
The Windows version of iTunes and support for the Windows platform from the iTunes Music Store were announced on October 16, 2003, with immediate availability.
The iTunes Music Store has been criticized by groups such as Downhill Battle, who claim that the service, while claiming to provide a superior and legal alternative to piracy by offering per-song downloads, does nothing to correct problems with the music industry's business model.
ITunes - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (3969 words)
Additionally, iTunes can connect to the iTunes Music Store (sometimes referred to as "iTMS") which allows users to purchase digital music and movie files that can be played by iPods and iTunes.
Video support in iTunes is limited: while videos are distinguished from audio in the Library by a small icon resembling a TV or display, they are still grouped with normal music and organized by the same musical categories (such as "album" and "composer").
Some complain that the tight integration of the iTunes Music Store with iTunes makes the sold music inaccessible to users who use operating systems other than Mac OS X or Microsoft Windows such as the Linux operating system, for which no version of iTunes is available.
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