“Apple Computer and its CEO Steve Jobs have a long history of turning other people’s clumsy innovations into useful products. Apple was not the first company to build a personal computer, but the Apple II was the first one that was user-friendly enough for average people. Apple didn’t invent the graphical user interface, but the Macintosh — back in 1984 — showed the rest of the industry how to do it right,” writes Larry Magid for CBS News.
Magid continues, “Apple certainly didn’t invent music downloading, but its new service, the iTunes Music Store, is the best effort yet. The service, introduced on April 28, is the first to have the blessings of all five major record labels and it’s the first commercial service to sell songs a la carte without the user having to pay a monthly subscription fee. Users pay 99 cents for each song they download.”
“That’s the good news. The bad news is that most people won’t be able to use this service right away. For now, it only works on the Macintosh, which represents about 3 percent of the PC market. A Windows version, however, will be out by the end of the year,” writes Magid.
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