Washington Post: ‘restrictions and price remain iTunes Music Store turnoffs’

“A year ago this month, the music-downloading business came to life with the debut of Apple’s iTunes Music Store. By the numbers, the store has done outrageously well. More than 50 million songs have been downloaded off the service to both Windows and Mac OS X machines and the store is on track to hit 130 million songs a year, Apple brags,” Rob Pegoraro writes for The Washington Post.

“A flock of competitors, including stores from Roxio, RealNetworks and Wal-Mart, have followed Apple without catching up — not in ease, not in elegance and not in numbers of downloads. But the iTunes Music Store’s success hides a couple of unsettling trends. One is pricing — a lot of albums now exceed the store’s customary $9.99 price, and a few even exceed their cost as CDs in a store. The other is compatibility — though a variety of consumer-electronics devices could be made compatible with iTunes music files, the only one Apple permits is its own iPod digital-music player,” Pegoraro writes.

Full article here.

35 Comments

  1. Just saw today that Napster is selling pre-paid cards through retailers, like phone cards. It was 15 songs for $14.85, no credit card needed for the user. Sounds like a great gift item, and something Apple should jump on for the ITMS.

  2. ust saw today that Napster is selling pre-paid cards through retailers, like phone cards. It was 15 songs for $14.85, no credit card needed for the user. Sounds like a great gift item, and something Apple should jump on for the ITMS.

    Apple also does Gift certificates of variable dollar nominations

  3. LOL, the last posts reminded me the first time a Wintel user told me about the Centrino idea: “Wow, no need to get an external card to surf wireless”

    I just showed him my Ti 667 surfing and asked him: “Show me the card”

    Was a blast…

    PS
    I know, I know, not *exactly* the same thing but tell that to all Centrino user stuck with a *slow* wi-fi now.

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