Happy 3rd Birthday to Apple’s iTunes Music Store!

Apple’s iTunes Music Store (iTMS) turns three-years-old today, Happy Birthday! Apple’s iTMS currently contains a library of 2 million songs, 35,000 podcasts and 3,000 music videos and TV shows and, on Februray 23, 2006, passed the 1 billion songs sold mark. The original press release:

Apple Launches the iTunes Music Store

CUPERTINO, California—April 28, 2003—Apple® today launched the iTunes® Music Store, a revolutionary online music store that lets customers quickly find, purchase and download the music they want for just 99 cents per song, without subscription fees. The iTunes Music Store offers groundbreaking personal use rights, including burning songs onto an unlimited number of CDs for personal use, listening to songs on an unlimited number of iPods, playing songs on up to three Macintosh® computers, and using songs in any application on the Mac®, including iPhoto™, iMovie™ and iDVD™.

“The iTunes Music Store offers the revolutionary rights to burn an unlimited number of CDs for personal use and to put music on an unlimited number of iPods for on-the-go listening,” said Steve Jobs, Apple’s CEO. “Consumers don’t want to be treated like criminals and artists don’t want their valuable work stolen. The iTunes Music Store offers a groundbreaking solution for both.”

The iTunes Music Store features over 200,000 songs from music companies including BMG, EMI, Sony Music Entertainment, Universal and Warner. Users can easily search the entire music store to instantly locate any song by title, artist or album, or browse the entire collection of songs by genre, artist and album. Users can listen to a free 30-second high-quality preview of any song in the store, then purchase and download their favorite songs or complete albums in pristine digital quality with just one click.

The iTunes Music Store also features exclusive tracks from over 20 artists, including Bob Dylan, U2, Eminem, Sheryl Crow and Sting, as well as special music videos from several of these artists which users can watch for free. In addition, the iTunes Music Store highlights new releases, staff favorites and up-and-coming artists, and delivers a compelling variety of music from many genres and time periods, ranging from Rock and Hip Hop to Jazz and Classical. The ability to browse the entire music store by genre, artist and album combined with free high-quality previews of every song lets users explore music in an entirely new way, to easily find the hits they love and discover gems they’ve never heard before.

All music on the iTunes Music Store is encoded in the industry-standard AAC audio format at 128 kilobits per second which enables smaller files and faster download times while rivaling CD-quality sound superior to the quality of MP3 files at the same size. The AAC audio format, developed by Dolby, was also adopted to provide the audio encoding for the industry-standard MPEG-4 video format.

The iTunes Music Store is fully integrated into iTunes® 4, the fourth major release of Apple’s popular digital music jukebox software, allowing users to purchase, download, organize and listen to their music using just one application. iTunes 4 features major new enhancements including Rendezvous™ music-sharing between Macs, so users can legally stream their music to other Macs without the hassle of copying files from computer to computer.

Pricing & Availability
iTunes 4 with the iTunes Music Store is available as a free download immediately at http://www.apple.com/itunes. The iTunes Music Store requires a valid credit card with a U.S. billing address, a Mac equipped with iTunes 4 and Mac® OS X version 10.1.5 or later. Further information about Apple’s digital music products can be found at http://www.apple.com/ipod and http://www.apple.com/music

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “macnut222” for the heads up.]

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Related articles:
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Apple launches iTunes Music Store – April 28, 2003


  1. “I’m glad it’s your birthday
    Happy birthday to you.

    Yes we’re going to a party party
    Yes we’re going to a party party
    Yes we’re going to a party party.

    I would like you to dance–Birthday
    Take a cha-cha-cha-chance-Birthday
    I would like you to dance–Birthday”

  2. I remember there was this big rumor about Apple buying Vivendi/Universal around April 11th that year and the stock was crap, trading somewhere in the low teens. That would have been the best time to buy. Then boom, the iTMS came to be and changed everything.

  3. A funny thing happened at Best Buy yesterday. A best buy employee was trying to sell a man an inferior MP3 player based on the fact it has FM radio. I was standing right next to the iPod FM radio adaptor. Must be desperate to push product taking up shelf space.

  4. MacMan: “Must be desperate to push product taking up shelf space.”

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  5. Thanks “Re: Cubert”. I was relying on my memory alone (not too bad, eh?).

    Oh yeah, I’ll take that royalty check now for using my name.

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