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notizia del 30/09/2003

New York, 30 set. (Adnkronos/Mak) - Un nuovo servizio di musica on-line e'
stato presentato da Musicmatch, software house statunitense nota per
l'omonimo lettore musicale. Il servizio permette agli utenti di Pc Windows
di scaricare dalla Rete una canzone a 0,99 dollari o un intero album a
9,99 dollari, come avviene per iTunes di Apple. Musicmatch inoltre
permette di trasferire i file acquistati su Cd un numero illimitato di


Time magazine: Apple's iTunes Music Store 'has left the others playing

Friday, September 19, 2003 - 09:39 AM EDT

"A gaggle of companies has struggled for years to create such a market,
hampered first by uncooperative record labels and then by free
file-sharing alternatives. But change is coming fast. The overnight
success of Apple's
99¢-per-song iTunes Music Store ó it sold its 10 millionth song this month
ó has awakened consumers to legal downloading options. Iconic acts like
the Rolling Stones and the Eagles have begun allowing their songs to be
sold online. With the digital-music industry expected to grow in revenues
from $77 million this year to $1.5 billion in 2008, according to Jupiter
Research, marquee players, including Microsoft, Amazon and Yahoo, are
revving up to rush the stage," Lisa Takeuchi Cullen writes for Time

"When Apple introduced its pay-per-song service last spring, many doubted
the computer maker could succeed where so many had failed. But the
straightforward concept and uncomplicated design of iTunes immediately hit
a chord with consumers, who downloaded 1 million songs in its debut week.
The service's popularity underscored Jobs' argument: free file sharing can
be a pain in the neck. Once you square yourself with breaking the law,
there's also the virus-ridden software, the porn links, the cumbersome

'We're all about competing with piracy,' says Jobs. The record industry
gets it. 'If the business could have done one thing differently over the
past few years,' laments Andrew Lack, CEO of Sony Music Entertainment, 'it
would have been to find a smoother, faster path to iTunes and the other

"Even though iTunes' reach is limited to the 3% of computer users on
Macintoshes (a PC version is due by year's end), Apple's success has left
the others playing catch-up... 'It's not a way to make a lot of money,'
acknowledges Jobs. No, it's a way to help sell iPods. Apple says sales of
the music-storing, high-profit-margin palm-size gadgets almost quadrupled
between the quarters before and after iTunes' launch. Apple's approach
borrows from a proven business tactic. 'Westinghouse created radio shows
to sell radios,' notes Lee Black, an analyst with Jupiter Research."

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