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iTunes Store: Happy 9th Birthday

28 April 2012 1,696 views 2 Comments

on april 28, 2003, Apple launched the iTunes Music Store, easily the most popular and profitable digital storefronts ever.

On this date back in 2003, Apple launched the iTunes Music Store and the Windows version, the real turning point, became available in October of the same year. Naturally, analysts and experts on the whole hated it, though the rest of us saw it was good and spent accordingly.

And, spend we have: more than 15-billion songs, 25-plus billion apps and kerjillions of quatloos.

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.”

Read the full press release — Apple Launches the iTunes Music Store — from 2003.

Yes, Eminem was the world’s best rapper and Tiger Woods was far and away the best golfer.

Well, although we could talk about how things have changed over the course of the last nine years, there’s no question that iTunes is still number one…

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