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Anyhow, good for Apple, now I can send my friends pirate copies of my .aac files, and not have to bother with burning them to audio cd's. ;)
I mean, uh... now they too can enjoy the benefits of the best mp3 playing program on the market. (It is. It's sweet. It's full of fabulous features. And it looks pretty. And it sorts your music out for you. It's just... nice. You'll see.)
From what I see (from looking at his machine), it has all the same features and functionality, etc., as the Mac version.
P.s Does anyone know here to change the 100db limit on the european IPOD, the France had another great idea that over 100db, we would die, I will not explane my feelings for that country here, its not well seen on the web.
After using it for a couple hours, it seems to behave exactly like its Mac counterpart. Haven't tried buying a song online though.
Then there is the Apple / AOL deal where 25 million AOL users will be able to purchase from the iTunes Music Store by simply using their screenname to login, AOL will take care of the billing.
Don't forget new iPod accessories too! Apple certainly pulled out the stops with this one! :-)
Which works out to 1 in 3 bottles being a winner, from what I read somewhere today. That's a big promo. The AOL thing is big.
>> blew their chance
Nope. There will certainly be a few players in this arena. It's the wave of the future.... vinyl -> cassettes -> CDs -> this. Apple is poised to capture enough of the market to make them a major player, if not the leader. They already are the leader in portable music players. This is big win all around.
>> Hell froze over
You can still use your Kazaa etc. if you want; I just use iTunes as a playback mechanism, and a darn fine one at that. I think I've bought one song from the music store... maybe I haven't even done that, I don't recall. I was thinking about it. But then I noticed the record label was the RIAA so I didn't buy it. :>
I really like the Internet Radio stuff. It's pretty funky. That's what I'm listening to just now. :D
Good point. We'll see how Napster does in the "have to pay" market. But what made Napster so special is that is was one of those few products (much like Google is to the SE world) that took the Net by storm with no advertising. Very few products are as successful with little to no advertising. I would say Napster has a huge advantage just because everyone already knows about them. Isn't marketing a large portion of sales?
I would guess that iTunes needs a pretty good size campaign to capture the PC market. Probably a Home Page ad with Yahoo! , maybe EBay, and some TV spots again. IMO
By the way there's a replay of the announcements at Apple's site here [apple.com]. Very interesting... Steve at his best. And just as an aside, if you've never seen Steve Jobs do a keynote I highly recommend this.
Then again, I don't know if the average 13-year-old is going to pay for music anywhere.
I think Apple will make inroads in the older PC crowd, where I would assume there's going to be some curiosity from the Wintel users to see what it's like to test drive an Apple product. And I think Apple is betting that test drive is all it will take to find some permanent users/buyers.
I know I've seen plenty of Wintel curiosity around here in the past 24 hours.....anyone else? What reactions are you hearing?
I think one of the key factors for the success of iTunes is Apple's deep pockets. It is estimated that Apple makes thirty to forty cents per download, and that its expenses per download may be three times that much. Apple admits that iTunes will never be a significant money maker, even if it dominates the market. Apple has interests beyond the sale of music which inspired it to create, and to work for the success of, the iTunes service. I am not sure that competitors who seek primarily or exclusively to profit from the sale of music will have a rosy future (unless by "rosy" you mean "filled with red ink").
There have been huge problems for people using Win 2000. I myself experienced them but luckily have recovered. There's a discussion board at apple.com with over 100 messages about it. Computer freezes up on restart about 70% through loading of Windows.
Most problems seem to be with Dell boxes but others with Gateway and "home" built boxes are having problems too.
Fix that worked for me is when restarting machine you use F8 key to get to Troubleshooting and then choose Last Known Configuration. On next screen be sure to read whole screen. I had to hit the L key to get the right configuration. This allowed machine to fully load Windows and then I immediately uninstalled iTunes and that fixed it.
This worked for me but others have not been as lucky.