“First and foremost, if Apple is going to become the force in music sales it truly wants to be, it’s going to have to start paying attention to the demands of sophisticated music listeners. It’s one thing to offer a wide catalog–and in the digital realm, Apple’s 700,000-song catalog appears to be the biggest. But what’s needed next is the additional layer of information that typically goes with music sold in brick-and-mortar stores: the packaging,” Arik Hesseldahl writes for Forbes.com.
“The new iTunes feature that lets those who buy an album print out the cover art addresses this, to a point. But what’s missing are the other bits of information about the album that typically come with CD packaging–liner notes, jacket copy, lyric sheets and so on. Jazz and classical fans in particular often enjoy reading the jacket copy,” Hesseldahl writes.
Hesseldahl would also like accurate release year information (not just CD re-issue dates) and artist-specific email alerts from Apple. Hesseldahl concludes, “Overall, iTunes is off to a great start, and as yet the competition isn’t even close. But the online music game is just getting started.”
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