Apple Music drives first serious music industry growth since 1999

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Apple Music is doing good in the eyes of record labels.
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Apple Music is having a big impact on the profitability of the music industry, according to a new report from the Recording Industry Association of America.

How big? Apple Music is one of the key players driving what looks to be the recording industry’s first back-to-back yearly growth since 1998-1999.

Today in Apple history: Coldplay gives Apple one of its first music exclusives

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Coldplay performing on stage.
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Sept14September 14, 2005: Apple embraces exclusive music releases by debuting a digital EP from Coldplay on iTunes, featuring four previously-unheard tracks from the enormously popular band.

100 percent of profits from the charity EP go to support victims of Hurricane Katrina. However, Apple’s ability to broker exclusive music deals with major record labels and popular artists shows that the company’s current exclusives-driven Apple Music strategy stretches back more than a decade.

Today in Apple history: iTunes Store hits 10 million music downloads

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10 millionth song downloaded was Avril Lavigne's "Complicated."
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August 8September 8, 2003: Apple reveals that it has sold its 10 millionth iTunes song download, with the tune in question being Avril Lavigne’s “Complicated.”

Come to think of it, “You fall and you crawl and you break and you take what you get and you turn it into [success]” describes Apple pretty well in the late ’90s and early 2000s.

Today in Apple history: iTunes catalog hits 1 million songs

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iTunes hit a major milestone in 2004.
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August10 August 10, 2004: The iTunes Music Store catalog grows to 1 million songs in the United States, a first for an online music service.

Stocking music from all five major record labels and another 600 indies, and with more than 100 millions songs downloaded, the iTunes Music Store is officially established as the world’s No. 1 online music service.