Apple today announced that over two million songs have been purchased and downloaded from its revolutionary iTunes Music Store since its debut 16 days ago. Continuing the trend set during the first week, over half of the songs purchased to date were purchased as albums, further dispelling concerns that selling music on a per-track basis will destroy album sales.
“Response to the iTunes Music Store has been phenomenal — we’ve clearly hit a chord with users,” said Steve Jobs, Apple’s CEO in the press release. “We’re adding new songs every day, giving music lovers even more reasons to legally download their favorite music.”
The iTunes Music Store lets customers quickly find, purchase and download the music they want for just 99 cents per song, without subscription fees. The iTunes Music Store offers groundbreaking personal use rights, including burning songs onto an unlimited number of CDs for personal use, listening to songs on an unlimited number of iPods, playing songs on up to three Macintosh computers, and using songs in any application on the Mac, including iPhoto, iMovie and iDVD.
Over 4,300 new songs were added to the iTunes Music Store yesterday, including five albums from The Doors; new featured artist Fischerspooner’s album “#1” plus an exclusive remix of their hit “Emerge;” new albums from Cold, Lizz Wright, and the Yeah Yeah Yeahs; pre-release tracks from upcoming albums by Michelle Branch, Da Brat, Jesse Harris and Kenna; and, completing her catalog of music now available on the store, Alanis Morissette’s albums “Under Rug Swept” and “Supposed Former Infatuation Junkie.” Additionally, albums representing diverse genres of music — from rock and alternative to jazz and classical — were added from artists including John Coltrane, Charles Mingus, Nina Simone, Paul Oakenfold and Staind.
The iTunes Music Store features over 200,000 songs from major music companies including BMG, EMI, Sony Music Entertainment, Universal and Warner so music fans can easily find the music they love or discover exclusive tracks and download them directly into their iTunes 4 music library with one-click.
Songs are downloaded in pristine digital quality and can be burned onto an unlimited number of CDs for personal use, played on up to three Macintosh computers, listened to on an unlimited number of iPods, and used in other Mac applications, including iPhoto, iMovie and iDVD.
More info about the iTunes Music Store here.