“Despite its dwindling market share – now barely more than 2 percent, as first reported here… Apple Computer continues to amaze with exciting new machines, software and now, an online music service that offers the best of the free file sharing services with none of the problems,” writes Paul Thurrott for WinInformant.com, a site catering to Windows users in his article entitled, “Apple Unveils Revolutionary Online Music Service.”
Thurrott continues, “In use, the iTunes Music Store is pure simplicity. It integrates directly into the iTunes application, providing a nice Web-like user interface to artists, songs, and albums. I was able to download albums and individual songs via a 2003 iMac and transfer them to an iBook and iPod using the new software. Users can also use iTunes to share music libraries with other Macs in the same house: So you might play an audio stream from your home office iMac, for example, using a wirelessly-connected iBook in the bedroom. This system also works flawlessly, and automatically. And like Windows Media Player 9 Series on Windows, iTunes now offers automatic album art downloading, though there is no way to automatically append album art to a pre-existing music collection.”
“Given the Mac’s tiny market share, the iTunes Music Store can only do so much to push digital music sales, so Apple CEO Steve Jobs has promised Windows compatibility by the end of 2003. Currently, Apple’s iPods work with both the Mac and Windows, using software from MusicMatch to provide compatibility with Microsoft’s systems. Whether Apple will continue its relationship with MusicMatch or provide a Windows version of iTunes is unclear: Despite reports to the contrary this week, Apple executives had previously said no Windows iTunes version was in the cards. But regardless of how the company implements the interface, getting the iTunes Music Store in front of Windows users should probably be more of a priority for the company, given the relative sizes of the Mac and Windows audiences,” Thurrott concludes.
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