iTunes hits 1 Billion downloaded songs

By Justin Mann on February 24, 2006, 1:05 PM
Apple is singing merrily for iTunes, which recently crossed a mark of 1 billion songs purchased and downloaded from the iTunes store as of yesterday. Despite all the screaming from the industry about how people are nothing but pirates and no one will pay for songs legally online, Apple must be quite pleased with the stunning success iTunes has been. Jobs made a statement confirming his resolve to have the Internet be the next major distribution method as opposed to CDs:

“I hope that every customer, artist and music company executive takes a moment today to reflect on what we’ve achieved together during the past three years,” said Steve Jobs, Apple’s CEO. “Over one billion songs have now been legally purchased and downloaded around the globe, representing a major force against music piracy and the future of music distribution as we move from CDs to the Internet.”
ITMS, for all that can be said about it, good or bad, has done a great job of bringing a new-age distribution channel to entertainment, and has opened the door for many other companies to follow suit and provide similar services. Read the full press release for more details.




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DragonMaster said:
[quote]Jobs made a statement confirming his resolve to have the Internet be the next major distribution method as opposed to CDs: [/quote]That'll be only until compressed formats sound like CDs, which is far from being the case right now...
Kaleid said:
If the services like iTunes kill the cd then I think I'll have to start a crusade of some sort :P
sngx1275 said:
[b]Originally posted by DragonMaster:[/b][quote][quote]Jobs made a statement confirming his resolve to have the Internet be the next major distribution method as opposed to CDs: [/quote]That'll be only until compressed formats sound like CDs, which is far from being the case right now...[/quote]Far? I've got a pretty good stereo system at my house, and I don't really notice any difference between store bought cds, and cds I've burned from iTunes or mp3s.
DragonMaster said:
[quote]Far? I've got a pretty good stereo system at my house, [/quote]What is it?[quote]and I don't really notice any difference between store bought cds, and cds I've burned from iTunes or mp3s. [/quote]AAC and MP3 are the worst compressed formats IMO. There are artefacts that you can easily hear. (Especially with normal 128kbps MP3s) Just take, say, some metal with lots of drums and there's a big difference. There are a couple of tunes from Red Hot Chili Peppers that can't be listened even in 320kbps MP3s because there's too much artefacts. A 96kbps OGG with the same tunes is OK...
Kaleid said:
Yes for instance 128kb/s mp3s don't have any frequencies over 14.000Hz which makes the difference easily hearable.At 192kb/s mp3 files start to sound rather good, but with a high definition hifi it still can be easily distingueshed from an original wave file.Of course it also depends on how well the music was recorded, mixed and mastered.
DragonMaster said:
[quote]Of course it also depends on how well the music was recorded, mixed and mastered.[/quote]There are some really poor recording that have a big difference between MP3 and PCM.
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