“Apple said Wednesday that users downloaded a record number of songs from its iTunes Music Store since an upgrade last week that marked the site’s one-year anniversary and included a limited-time free song offer,” Keith Regan reports for MacNewsWorld.com. “Apple said 3.3 million songs were downloaded in the week following the third-generation upgrade of iTunes, also known as iTunes 4.5… The so-called third generation of iTunes expanded the site’s music catalog — it now holds 700,000 tracks — and focused heavily on enhancing the sense of community on the site.”
“Users also appear to be taking to the site’s newer features, posting some 20,000 personalized ‘iMixes,’ which in turn have been rated some 50,000 times by fellow iTunes Music Store visitors. Apple said about 500,000 of the 3.3 million songs downloaded were from the catalog of free music made available on the site for an eight-day period as part of the anniversary promotion,’ Regan reports.
“iTunes marked its one-year anniversary without reaching its goal of selling 100 million songs through the site by that time, falling about 30 million songs short. To boost downloads, it offered users the ability to download one free song a day for a week, offering free tracks from Foo Fighters, Annie Lennox and Jane’s Addiction,” Regan reports. “The offer apparently paid off, boosting overall downloads from the usual weekly rate of around 2.7 million.”
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MacDailyNews Take: Wrong. Apple clearly stated, “In addition to the 3.3 million purchased songs, iTunes users have downloaded more than 500,000 free songs.” See, Keith, that means Apple sold 3.3 million songs (hence the use of the word “purchased”) and gave away 500,000 free songs on top of the 3.3 million (hence the use of the phrase “in addition to the 3.3 million purchased songs). Now, that wasn’t that hard to get right, was it?
Ever notice that the majority of “mistakes” when it come to Apple Computer articles take something away from Apple instead of “mistakenly” adding something in Apple’s favor?