NY Post: Apple’s iTunes for Windows ‘ready by the end of the month’

“Tech’s big guns are wading into the online music business – and now the big question is whether Microsoft will squash its rivals like a bug, as it has so many others. Industry watchers say this time Bill Gates has his hands full. Microsoft, Amazon.com and Yahoo! are three of the players, along with AOL Time Warner and Viacom’s MTV, according to a story in The Los Angeles Times,” reports Laren Barack for the New York Post.

Barack writes, “While Gates considers a digital music launch, his company will now likely have to face off with the almighty music industry, which he needs to win over if he’s going to succeed. ‘The labels hold the keys to the kingdom,’ said Phil Leigh, an analyst with Raymond James. ‘The reluctance they have to enter the Windows arena is because they are concerned with privacy.'”

“As of yet, no music sites have the freedom the labels have granted to Apple’s iTunes store for Apple-computer customers. But those who own Macs can share the music with two other computers, move songs to a portable device and burn the singles as many times as they want,” Barack reports.

[MacDailyNews note: music purchased from the iTunes Music Store can be shared among a total of three Macs. It would have been clearer if written this way – a quick reading gives the impression that sharing is limited to two Macs total. Updated 10:18am EDT as per feedback from “aFactChecker” below.]

Barack continues, “However, industry insiders and analysts wonder if Apple’s iTunes will give PC users the same freedoms. Apple is developoing [sic] a PC/Windows Media version of iTunes, which the company plans to have ready by the end of the month.”

[MacDailyNews note: Apple is developing a PC version of iTunes based on QuickTime and AAC, not “Windows Media.” Whether it’ll be ready at the end of the month is anybody’s guess, but we’ve heard “by the end of the year” consistently from Apple sources. This is the first we’ve heard “by end of the month” from any source.]

Barack writes, “Still, Microsoft has the brand recognition among PC users – or 97 percent of all computer users.”

[MacDailyNews note: 3% is the last quarter’s market share, not a measure of the installed base. Apple has about 10% of all computer users, as reported correctly by Forbes.com here on June 2, 2003.]

Full NY Post article here.

37 Comments

  1. Although the NY Post is a rag I don’t think, from my own perspective, they are way off base. Think about it. What would be the greater coup for Mr. Jobs than to announce that the Windoze version will be out at the end of the year, only a month ago, to make his competitors think they have time to play with, then to launch the software only two months after that initial announcement. You know as well as I do that Jobs wants to stick it to M$. This will make them look totally unprepared and will give Apple the definite advantage in the online music biz. Plus, if the rumor is true about Apple acquiring Roxio then they will have eliminated a potential competitor in the Windoze realm on top of releasing their product early. I hope it happens.

  2. Why can’t these unprofessional “journalists” get it? 3% is not Apple’s share of all computer users and Microsoft does not have the other 97%!!!

    Over and over – they repeat the same lie until it seems like the truth.

    Thanks for pointing this out – keep it up. Maybe some of these idiots will take the time to write properly and research the actual numbers like Forbes did.

  3. While a writer for the NY Times has been accused of plaigirism, I find it interesting that the MacDailyNews chooses to cite another publication because it shows Apple in a more favorable light without further explanation as to why. Apple’s sales percentages have been well below 10% for years now, so even if they had 10% total installed user base at some point in their history, they can’t now. The numbers don’t add up.

  4. jasonM,

    The NY Times was NOT accused of “plaigirism.”
    And in any case, MacDailyNews has NOT done a thing wrong by quoting Forbes.com – which is surely a more reliable information source than a New York City tabloid rag like the NY Post. (Even though I do love the NY Post).

    Enjoy your PC, jasonM, you’re obviously too stupid to be a Mac user.

  5. aFactChecker wrote, “Actually, the original article is correct that music can only be shared “with two other computers” — three total, including the original! =)”

    That’s the way I read it also.

  6. While a writer for the NY Times has been accused of plaigirism, I find it interesting that the MacDailyNews chooses to cite another publication because it shows Apple in a more favorable light without further explanation as to why. Apple’s sales percentages have been well below 10% for years now, so even if they had 10% total installed user base at some point in their history, they can’t now. The numbers don’t add up.

    Sure they do. over the last 3 years my father has had to purchase 4 new PC’s, while I’ve purchased 1 Mac. That means Mac has 20% of the sales in my household.

    However, his 3 previous PC’s have been thrown out or given away and are thus no longer in use here. That means Macs make up 50% of the computers in use here at home despite only 20% sales. It’s their longevity.

  7. “Apple’s sales percentages have been well below 10% for years now, so even if they had 10% total installed user base at some point in their history, they can’t now. The numbers don’t add up.”

    Someone needs to rethink their math– this is clearly possible, especially since Macs are kept in active use for longer than Wintels. I know a newspaper still using a slew of SEs from, what, ’87? How many 1987 PCs are still being used? So a 3% sales share could definitely coexist with a 10% installed base share.

  8. It’s amazing how a news article about Apple possibly releasing iTunes for Windows 6 months earlier than it was originally expected turns into a trivial argument about Apple’s market share and installed base. Stay focused on the issue gents!

  9. Matt,

    The focus is on the “97 percent of all computer users” comment becuase IT IS WRONG and MILLIONS are reading it right now! This means people will be less inclined to consider a Mac. They might consider a Mac if they knew that somewhere around 1 in 10 use Macs, not the untrue figure of 1 in 33 that’s bandied about by ingnorant, lazy “journalists.”

  10. Steve, I get the point of the argument and I agree with you 100% that journalist always get it wrong. However, if you noticed that of the 100 times journalists get it wrong 99 of the discussion threads turn into battles about the marketshare instead of what the actual article is about. As Mac users we can continue fighting the battle but it’s come to a point where we’re coming across as whining.

    I think that if the NY Post is correct, this is a MAJOR development. If Apple does pull this off the possiblity arises that their marketshare/installed base will be going up. Don’t you think?

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