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Apple celebrates a decade of iTunes

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The iTunes Store is almost ten years old and on April 28 the company will celebrate arguably one of the best innovations Apple brought about.

Back in a time when bootleg and copied CDs and MP3 songs were all the range, Apple stepped in with a collaborative solution to all the problems in the music industry.

It wouldn’t fix everything and it would pull from both the consumers and from the music industry something they hold dear. From the music industry, it was price and albums; from the consumer, it was paying for music.

Impressively, the combined effort paid off and with iTunes the iPod became one of the biggest revolutions in the music industry. Hundreds of millions were sold in the years that followed.

This decade long trip shows iTunes from the start and the progress Apple has taken in the music world, from the original iPod to the iPhone to the present day iTunes store.

From what we know, Apple will not be celebrating this with any free audio or video. Unlike Google, who regularly do this for apps and services, Apple has never seemed to be bothered.

Apple has shared a list of artists, songs and albums popular at that time. Ten years ago, the top-selling song that day was U2’s “Stuck in a Moment,” and the top-selling album was Beck’s “Sea Change.”

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  1. Big deal. Ten years of slavery for Apple consumers that are too stupid to realize that they don’t even own what they paid for. Proprietary format that can only be used on Apple’s grossly overpriced products that become obsolete the second that assembly is completed. I’ll just keep on purchasing REAL music, NOT the garbage that they pedal as “music” (rap, hip hop, pop, and so forth), on CD format that is a tangible product, I can transfer the contents to a hard drive, or any non-Apple mp3 player that cost a fraction of an iPod, and I can re-sell my tangible property if, and when I desire.
    As for Apple “celebrating” a decade by give-always to the source of their enormous wealth, HA! That’s a joke. Apple gives away NOTHING! Apple just expects more purchases from their loyal brainwashed customer base to “celebrate”. They know that by touting their tenth anniversary of iTunes, the media will snatch up the story, being the Apple loving bunch of fanbois that they are, and inundate us with Apple story, after story, thus generating untold MILLIONS of dollars worth of FREE advertising for Apple, as per usual. Apple knows this will be done, EVERY TIME, they make any announcement. They depend on the media for gratis advertising. This is a large part of the reason for the enormous amassed wealth of Apple. They are 18th in advertising expenditures! They’ve got the media well trained!

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