The iTunes Music Store sealed the fate of the conventional music industry when it was born. Despite not carrying the Beatles catalogue, it’s growth has continued apace with downloads from other sources.
[ADBLOCKHERE]A milestone of sorts was crossed on the 23rd of February, 2006, when Alex Ostrovosky of Michigan purchased Coldplay’s “The Speed Of Sound,” the billionth song to be sold on iTunes. He’s a happy camper, receiving an iMac, 10 5G iPods and a $10,000 gift card for the iTunes Music Store.
The iTunes store recently introduced the ability to purchase iPods from within the browser, moving it further towards being a multi-functional web interface. Various exclusives continue to make it an ever-surprising location, from exclusive premieres of TV shows to podcasts that provide news, video clips, music, and more.
Despite DRM we love to hate, and what many believe an over-priced business model, Apple has resurrected itself from niche geekdom to be a consumer force to reckon with. Steve Wozniak, co-founder of Apple isn’t so pleased about the iPod revolution. In an interview with the Globe and Mail, the Woz said, “iPods are also distracting Apple from its focus on computing, and the company might be better served by spinning off the business.”
Apple has invited media folks for “Special Media Event #1″ of 2006 on February 28th – rumors are flying as to what new product they will announce at the event, from a larger-screen iPod, to a Movie store, to perhaps a time machine/transmogrifier – we’ll let you know what the surprise turns out to be.
Competition is fierce, but thus far unable to topple the ruling monarch. Dell cancelled their Dell DJ, and Microsoft is planning their own player, as is Amazon. Independent artists can release their music via iTunes. Apple does not currently offer a subscription-style all-you-can-hear service, but having tried one (AOL’s MusicNow), I can assure you the DRM sucks real bad.
I resisted owning an iPod until recently when we finally caved in and got ourselves a couple of the nifty video iPods. Buying an iPod is more than getting a music player – it means embracing a lifestyle, entering an ecosystem, perhaps going over to the dark side.
My geek factor’s gone into overdrive, and our music collection now stays in a single location, with both iPods sharing the library, as well as both laptops accessing the same network storage location. I wish I’d bought a few more songs yesterday from the iTunes store – perhaps I might be singing a different tune today.