Apple iTunes Music Store changing the way music is marketed

“iTunes is changing the way music is marketed. Consumers can now find online remixes of popular songs, live performances, singles released in-between CD cycles to keep an artist fresh in fans’ minds. You’ll be out of luck scouring the record bins for an ‘Ike & Tina Turner’ disc, but you’ll be have no trouble downloading such classics as “Proud Mary’ on iTunes,” Dawn C. Chmielewski writes for Knight Ridder News.

“In fact, only one-third of the songs sold on iTunes are Top 20 hits. Larry Kenswil, president of Universal Music’s eLabs, said his label would soon begin experimenting with world music


  1. World music, huh? & yet iTMS is STILL only available in the U.S.?! C’mon, Apple, let’s get with it! Open it up to Canada and overseas already! Jeez Louise! How many times does it need to be said?!?!

    First post?

  2. The Billboard charts today are a joke. How can you have a chart based on radio airplay rather than sales when one company effectively controls what the stations play? No wonder only 1/3 of the music is Top 20. The Top 20 itself is artificial and not based on what people want to hear.

  3. I love the Beatles and Madonna but they need to get over their objections to the downloads. Yes, the album format will go away just as CDs fade.

    However, I’ve spent more money on music in the last year than in the prior 5-6 years combined. Probably 90% were singles but the point is I spent far more money – mostly because I could get the singles that I wanted.

  4. Freaking servers 🙁 Watch out for the language! Those are G5�s after all ” width=”19″ height=”19″ alt=”smile” style=”border:0;” />

  5. Dave H
    I actually searched one song from the billboard list and found it.
    It is nice that there is some kind records that narrows little your search if you can�t remember something. You remember that it was somewhere there, but you can�t remember who and what was the name of that song.

  6. mac yak, apple IS WORKING to open iTMS internationally….but there are legal roadblocks to doing so throughout the rest of the world. If copy right liscensing wasn’t so messed up already I’m sure it would already be global. stop blaming apple for the legal mess that gov’t’s elsewhere have created.

  7. One person compared Kazaa with 16 million users to iTMS with 2.7 million users and said that Apple is loosing.
    I wrote to him and asked that what he77 is he counting?
    16 million users all over the world versus 2.7 only in the usa.
    ie over 6 billion people versus less than 300 million.
    He should wait when the iTMS Europe, iTMS Japan, iTMS Canada, iTMS India and iTMS China etc… kicks in ” width=”19″ height=”19″ alt=”smile” style=”border:0;” />

  8. Oops… 2.7 million of course ” width=”19″ height=”19″ alt=”smile” style=”border:0;” />
    That was almost like Steve and Jonathan + part of Schiller ” width=”19″ height=”19″ alt=”smile” style=”border:0;” />

  9. “iTMS China”?

    Not very likely. At least not far many many years. For a buck a download, you can go into a record store and buy an entire bootleged CD for LESS than a buck. These are “good” bootlegs too. You couldn’t tell from just looking at the package that they were. It’ll take YEARS for the WTO agreement on copyrights to be fully implemented in China. Until then, there is no way any Chinese would pay a buck for just one song.

  10. “world music” . . . this is much bigger than some of you may think. The introduction of new genres of international music will increase iTunes usage by factors, not fractions. This is a great idea.

    theloniusMac, wow, never a problem here. I am sorry to hear that. Run a traceroute and see if you are getting bottlenecked along the way to the ITMS.


  11. iSteve,

    Your kind are going to be the death of the labels and RIAA. They don’t care if you’ve purchased more in the last 6 months than in the last six years combined. They are ticked that you got to control what songs you wanted, and how you got them. They are even more ticked that you only paid .99 for each song, rather than buying an entire CD at $18 for the same one song.

    BTW, the fact that “your kind” are going to be the death of the labels, RIAA, and music distribution, not to mention artist (non) payment as we know it today is a very good thing, keep upthe good work.

  12. One Guy From Finland,

    The difference between 16 million Kazaa users and 2.7 million ITMS users is the differene between thieves and paying customers. The former don’t count and the latter are the future.

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