iTunes Music Store

August 10th Celebrates iTunes Music Store

On August 10th 2004 iTunes Music store became the first store to have catalog more than a million songs.

The iTunes Music Store features music from all five major record labels and over 600 leading independent labels from around the world. With more than 100 million songs downloaded and more than 70 percent market share of legal downloads for singles and albums, the iTunes Music Store is the world’s number one online music service.

The iTunes Store, originally the iTunes Music Store, is a software-based online digital media store operated by Apple Inc. Today’s YouTube video presentation below gives you the iTunes History below, shared by user name LICAS digital;

It opened on April 28, 2003, and has been the largest music vendor in the United States since April 2008, and the largest music vendor in the world since February 2010.

Since its launch, the iTunes Store has crossed many milestones. In the first 18 hours, the store sold about 275,000 tracks and more than 1,000,000 in its first 5 days. When released for Windows in October 2003, iTunes was downloaded more than 1,000,000 times in the first 3 days, selling more than 1,000,000 songs in that period.

With the help of broadband Internet connections, people could share this music far more widely than ever before. And they did so by the truckload—via peer-to-peer sharing sites such as the original Napster.

From there, the story moves to the boardrooms of the major music labels of the day. CD sales were dropping, the singles market had mostly vanished save for dance music, music was increasingly shared illegally, the labels’ efforts to market and sell their music online was a hodgepodge of failures, and too many executives (and their lobbying groups) held stubbornly to the idea that if only music could be copy-protected and the worst file sharers prosecuted, the problem would disappear.

Then, in walks Apple with a compelling idea: People who are motivated to steal music will continue to do so. But if you make stealing more trouble than it’s worth by making digital music easy to find and purchase, and you price it reasonably, the vast majority of people will choose to buy rather than steal. And so was born the iTunes Music Store.

Written & Designed by JD Mitchell

J.D Mitchell Design Studio

jdmitchelldesigns@gmail.com

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