Apple’s iTunes Music Store wins two 2004 Webby Awards

Presented by The International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences, The Webby Awards is the leading international honor for the worlds best web sites. In the “Music” category, The 2004 Webby Award went to Apple’s iTunes Music Store which also garnered the People’s Voice Award which consisted of over 175,000 votes cast for the people’s picks of the best of the Web.

Apple’s iTunes Music Store was also awarded a second 2004 Webby in the “Commerce” category and was also a nominee in the “Services” category where Google topped Apple for that Webby Award.

See all of the 2004 Webby Award winners here.


  1. Clearly iTMS is a web-like application, but not being able to view the “site” in a normal browser would seem to logically preclude it from the Webby competition. However, the Webby Awards criteria doesn’t seem to make mention of any requirement that the site is actually accessible on the web.

    Incidentally, just because an application includes the use of web-like technology – as many do – that does not mean that the portion of the application using that technology is a web site.

  2. “And I wouldn’t consider iTunes to be a web browser since it can’t browse the web.”

    And yet the iTunes software is actually browsing web pages delivered off an http server, in a much more obvious way than Sherlock/Watson. What should we call a web “browser” application that does present web pages and allows for browsing, but doesn’t allow you to type in a URL?

  3. The iTunes application isn’t the issue, so being able to browse the web through it with or without a hack is actually irrelevant – but interesting nonetheless (where is that hack anyway?). It’s the iTunes Music Store that won the Webby. Is there a hack that allows a web browser to view iTMS? (Again, this is assuming we don’t refer to iTunes as a web browser.)

  4. I guess the iTunes application then is really more like a “kiosk” web browser – you can browse all the pages that are available to it but not outside onto the wild, wild internet.

  5. A Bomb makes a good point. You can make changes to your browser to trick a site into thinking you are using another browser. Can you do the same to Safari to make iTMS believe it is actually iTunes?

  6. Why not just request Apple integrate Safari into iTunes so you can access the store as well as browers the web, they did a great job to to iLife anyway. Just a thought

  7. Google got top honors for “Services”? They have a terrible internet search system. The displayed results of a search is based upon how POPULAR a site is, not necessarily how well it fits your criteria. Using such a system has some superficial logical merit. But in reality, it ultimately produces a list of sites that people went to accidentally because Google said to go there, and since you, too, went there (by accident due to Google’s advice) it becomes an even stronger possibility of a hit for the next seeker, because your misdirected wrong turn made the site “more popular” than ever. If you know electronics, it is the search engine version of regenerative feedback, and it can be just as annoying as that high-pitched squeal of its audio cousin.

    I use Teoma ( if I was RELEVANT results, not popular results.

  8. Aryugaetu:

    Hello! Google does not rank sites based on how many people visit a site. Google’s algorithm is more complex than that and your description is misleading. One of the majors factors in Google indexing is how many other websites LINK to the site in question (not how many visit it).

    So, if MacDailyNews is in the Google index, and Google shows that there are 2150 other websites (for example) that link to MDN that seem to fall under the “Macintosh news” category, it’s a helluva lot more relavant than which only has 3 or 4 other websites linking to it.

    Google works because this approximately evaluates RELEVANCE not popularity. If 90% of sports news stations quote someone named John Madden on a football issue or Joe Schmoe from Eerie, PA, could you say John Madden is more relevant to football topics than Joe Schmoe? Google is the same thing.

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