Today in Apple history: iTunes experiments with video downloads


Morcheeba's "The Antidote" was one of the first music videos available on iTunes.
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May9 May 9, 2005: Apple quietly begins selling music videos in the iTunes Music Store.

The feature arrives with iTunes 4.8, initially offering bonus content for people purchasing albums through the store. It will take another several months before Apple starts selling individual music videos, along with Pixar short films and a selection of TV shows, for $1.99 a pop.

Today in Apple history: iTunes hits 1 million downloads in first week


Were you a first week user of iTunes?
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May5 May 5, 2003: Just a week after launching the iTunes Music Store, Apple reaches an incredible milestone with more than 1 million songs sold.

Particularly notable is the fact that more than half the songs purchased are albums, dispelling fears that selling tracks individually will kill the record industry’s dominant format. In addition, more than half the 200,000 songs initially available on iTunes get downloaded at least once.

It’s a roaring success for Apple’s newest venture!

Today in Apple history: iTunes Music Store opens its doors


The iTunes Store launched 14 years ago today.
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April28 April 28, 2003: Apple opens the iTunes Music Store, revolutionizing the music industry and digital distribution of content.

At a time when getting music online mostly means illegal downloads from pirate services like Napster, iTunes quickly proves that customers will pay for songs, provided the service is good enough.

Today in Apple history: Apple goes to war with The Beatles again


The Beatles' clash with Apple ran for almost 30 years.
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Mar30 March 30, 2006: A court case begins that once again pits Apple Computer against Apple Corps, aka The Beatles’ record label and holding company.

Capping a long-running legal battle between the two wealthy companies, the U.K.’s High Court of Justice will ultimately hand down a verdict in the tech giant’s favor. It’s the final fight in an epic legal battle over music, technology and money.

Today in Apple history: ‘Let It Snow!’ is iTunes’ 25 millionth download


It's a Christmas miracle for Apple! (Or just good marketing.)
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Dec15December 15, 2003: Almost eight months after launching the iTunes Music Store, Apple celebrates its 25 millionth download.

The song in question? Appropriately enough for this time of year, a Frank Sinatra cover* of the Christmas classic “Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!”

Today in Apple history: iTunes sells its 100 millionth song


This was a massive milestone for paid music downloads at the time.
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July 12 July 12, 2004: Apple boasts that the iTunes Music Store has sold its 100,000,000th song, and marks the occasion with a generous gift for the lucky downloader.

The song in question is Zero 7’s “Somersault (Dangermouse remix),” purchased by Kevin Britten from Hays, Kansas. The 20-year-old receives a personal phone call from Steve Jobs congratulating him. Britten also gets a 17-inch PowerBook, a 40GB iPod and a gift certificate for a massive 10,000 (!) iTunes songs.

Apple Introduces Parental Advisory Warnings To The iTunes Music Store



Apple has joined a number of digital music vendors, including Amazon and Napster, in introducing the official Parental Advisory warning label to tracks and albums that contain explicit content, mirroring the warning found on physical CDs.

The introduction of this label is intended to make it clearer for parents to understand whether or not the music their children are purchasing is unsuitable for their age.