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Wednesday, August 01, 2007

iTunes Store Tops Three Billion Songs

I'm obviously behind a bit, having just arrived in France, but this is still big news of course:
Apple today announced that more than three billion songs have been purchased and downloaded from the iTunes Store. iTunes is the world’s most popular online music, TV and movie store featuring a catalog of over five million songs, 550 television shows and 500 movies. iTunes recently surpassed Amazon and Target to become the third largest music retailer in the US.
I'm not a big fan of Apple's lousy 128 Kbps Protected AAC songs, but they've made some decent moves more recently with medium-quality (640 x ...) video and decent-quality (256 Kbps) non-protected AAC, the latter of which isn't the format I prefer, but I can live with it. Given Apple's quality-driven nature, the company should try and move toward higher-quality (HD?) video across the board where possible, and 256 Kbps or better audio across the board, even for protected music.

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