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iTunes Music Store Tops Two Million Song Downloads


iTunes Music Store Tops Two Million Song Downloads

CUPERTINO, California‹May 14, 2003‹Apple® today announced that over two million songs have been purchased and downloaded from its revolutionary iTunes® Music Store since its debut 16 days ago. Continuing the trend set during the first week, over half of the songs purchased to date were purchased as albums, further dispelling concerns that selling music on a per-track basis will destroy album sales.

³Response to the iTunes Music Store has been phenomenal‹we¹ve clearly hit a chord with users,² said Steve Jobs, Apple¹s CEO. ³We¹re adding new songs every day, giving music lovers even more reasons to legally download their favourite music.²

The iTunes Music Store lets customers quickly find, purchase and download the music they want for just 99 cents (US) 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.

Over 4,300 new songs were added to the iTunes Music Store yesterday, including five albums from The Doors; new featured artist Fischerspooner¹s album ³#1² plus an exclusive remix of their hit ³Emerge;² new albums from Cold, Lizz Wright, and the Yeah Yeah Yeahs; pre-release tracks from upcoming albums by Michelle Branch, Da Brat, Jesse Harris and Kenna; and, completing her catalogue of music now available on the store, Alanis Morissette¹s albums ³Under Rug Swept² and ³Supposed Former Infatuation Junkie.² Additionally, albums representing diverse genres of music‹from rock and alternative to jazz and classical‹were added from artists including John Coltrane, Charles Mingus, Nina Simone, Paul Oakenfold and Staind.

The iTunes Music Store features over 200,000 songs from major music companies including BMG, EMI, Sony Music Entertainment, Universal and Warner so music fans can easily find the music they love or discover exclusive tracks and download them directly into their iTunes 4 music library with one-click. Songs are downloaded in pristine digital quality and can be burned onto an unlimited number of CDs for personal use, played on up to three Macintosh computers, listened to on an unlimited number of iPods, and used in other Mac applications, including iPhoto, iMovie and iDVD.

Apple ignited the personal computer revolution in the 1970s with the Apple II and reinvented the personal computer in the 1980s with the Macintosh. Apple is committed to bringing the best personal computing experience to students, educators and creative professionals and consumers around the world through its innovative hardware, software and Internet offerings.


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