“A year after Apple Computer Inc. proved that commercial music downloads from the Internet can be both convenient and legal, its pioneering iTunes software has undergone a revision that offers a flurry of advances — but takes one step backward,” Matthew Fordahl writes for The Associated Press.
“iTunes 4.5 bumps up the number of computers that can play a song purchased from Apple’s iTunes Music Store. It lets you share playlists and create attractive inserts for CD cases. And it builds on an already impressive set of features designed to help people discover new music. But in a change that only the recording industry will appreciate, iTunes reduces the number of times the same list of purchased songs can be burned to compact discs,” Fordahl writes. “Most people never hit the old limit of 10 burns and probably won’t come close to the new restriction of seven. But such rules seem silly given that an audio CD can be easily duplicated. At least the new restriction doesn’t apply to songs bought before last week.”
Fordahl writes, “The limit apparently hasn’t cooled iTunes’ popularity. Since the updated software was released last week, a record 3.3 million songs have been downloaded, Apple said Wednesday. iTunes still sets the standard for music organization software and the ever-increasing population of online music stores. No one has come close to iTunes’ ease of use and features.”
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