Apple’s pay-per-song music service coming soon

“Sources are reporting that the service will be built directly into iTunes, suggesting an anticipated update to Apple’s digital jukebox software. This version of iTunes will permit users to purchase music on a per-song basis, allowing the user to preview 30-second streamed audio clips of selected songs. Purchasing songs will be as simple as clicking a button once having signed up for Apple’s 1-Click purchasing, similar to how ordering prints is implemented in iPhoto.”

“Once a song is purchased, it is download directly into the user’s music library just like any other track. Tracks purchased online will be able to be burned to CD, although the format of the audio remains unclear. Sources have suggested that purchased songs may be downloaded in AAC format, upon which the user can ‘rip’ the selected track to an MP3 to allow it to be burned to a CD. iTunes does not currently support the AAC format.”

“Unlike most other online music services, which require a monthly fee, Apple’s will charge on a per item basis. As one source said, ‘you pay for what you buy, no more.'”

“Apple will store all the music on their servers, which will be accessible through iTunes. It is unknown whether a version of the service will be available to Windows users, or if the company’s marketing teams will use the Mac-exclusive nature of the service as another reason to ‘switch’ to Macintosh. Users may choose to download individual tracks for a reasonable fee, or purchase an entire album at a substantial discount.”

“Currently the service is set to launch on April 28th,” reports Kasper Jade for Full article here.


  1. About bloody time!
    I’ve been waiting for the record industry to wake up and realize I don’t want to pay $15 for 2 good songs and 15 filler songs.

    I’ve been using download services which I’m not proud of. It upsets me that I am “ripping off” the artist. Plus most of the stuff you download is crap. Don’t PC users know how to properly rip a song?

    Way to go Apple! Sign me up!

  2. Lately, I’ve found that most of the music I download using the file sharing utilities sounds horrible. I don’t mind paying as long as it’s quality stuff and if Apple can offer this (no doubt they can), sign me up!

  3. This is what I have been waiting for not that someone is going to offer a serviece where I can get the music I want when I want at hopefully a good price I can quit stealing it ” width=”19″ height=”19″ alt=”grin” style=”border:0;” />

  4. I’ve been waiting for this for a long time. 99% of my mp3 collection is ripped from my own CDs. I admit I have downloaded about 30 songs, mostly from artists whose CDs I’m considering, and some just to hear an old song again, but not where I’d play it again.

    I also wouldn’t mind paying a monthly fee, if I could sample the entire song, and not just 30 seconds. I do that presently with Amazon, listening to a really low quality 30-sec clip, and 30 secs just isn’t enough to get a good feel for the song, in many cases. A minute would be better for a no-fee service, and the full song would be better for a $10/month service… stream unlimited songs in full, pay for the ones you want to download.

    Whatever it turns out to be, it will give Mac users a great source of music at fair prices, and it’s good to know the artist will get paid for their work.

  5. Converting an AAC file to mp3 results in somethign that sounds much worse than the a normal AAC or mp3 file. (both are lossey formats).

    I would assume Apple would keep the files as mp3 or AAC throughout the process.

  6. If I’m paying good money for it, it had damn well better be a non-lossy format (are you listening, steve?). The RIAA and the greedy debt-laden multi-media companies can kiss my a*s. First they sell us records, then they re-sell us the same music on CD (at a substantial mark-up), then they re-master the album and re-sell it again. and now they want to charge people for the download of a lossy format. No way, no how, not this year, not ever.
    I have never used file swapping (theft) services, but by the same token resent the fact that we have been repeatedly ripped off by the recording industry over the years. The current business model of the record industry is as dead as Princess Di & Apple should in no way be facilitating these Dinasours’ attempt to put off extinction.

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