Today in Apple history: Apple’s massive glass staircase wows Manhattan

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The Apple Store on West 14th Street in New York City becomes the company's trendiest yet.
Apple's trendiest store yet?
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December 7: Today in Apple history: Apple opens its first 3-story retail store, the Apple Store on West 14th Street in New York City December 7, 2007: Apple opens its magisterial store on West 14th Street in New York City. The new Apple Store features a three-story glass staircase deemed the most complex ever made.

The store is Apple’s biggest in Manhattan (and second-largest in the United States, after the one on Chicago’s Michigan Avenue). The first three-story Apple retail outlet, it boasts an entire floor dedicated to services. It’s also the first Apple Store to offer free Pro Labs classes to customers.

Today in Apple history: Lousy quarter proves Steve Jobs isn’t invincible

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A perfect storm of bad news leads to a massive $195 million quarterly loss for Apple.
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December 6: Today in Apple history: Apple suffers first quarterly loss since Steve Jobs' return December 6, 2000: Apple’s stock price falls after the company posts its first quarterly loss since Steve Jobs’ return to the company in 1997.

Shares tumble $3 to just $14 a share as doom-predicting pundits worry that the big Apple comeback might come screeching to a halt.

Little did they know….

Today in Apple history: QuickTime 5 takes the world by storm

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QuickTime 5 was being downloaded 1 million times every three days.
QuickTime 5 was being downloaded 1 million times every three days.
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Nov. 28: Today in Apple history: QuickTime 5 doanloads November 28, 2001: Apple says QuickTime 5 is being downloaded for Mac and PC a million times every three days, putting the multimedia software on track to exceed 100 million downloads in its first year of distribution.

The announcement comes as websites adopt the MPEG-4 format, with online video beginning to take off in a big way. In a pre-YouTube world, Apple has everything to gain!

Today in Apple history: iTunes enters top 10 U.S. music retailers

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What was your first ever iTunes music download?
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November 22 Today in Apple historyNovember 22, 2005: Two-and-a-half years after opening its virtual doors, the iTunes Music Store enters the list of top 10 U.S. music retailers.

While Apple still lags behind established retail giants like Wal-Mart, Best Buy, and Circuit City, as well as fellow tech company Amazon, it nonetheless represents big news for Apple — and digital music sales as a whole.

Today in Apple history: iTunes bags its first exclusive movie

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The producers of Purple Violets took a gamble on iTunes movie distribution.
The producers of Purple Violets take a gamble on iTunes movie distribution.
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November 20: Today in Apple history: iTunes movie distribution begins with Purple Violets, the first film to launch on iTunes November 20, 2007: Purple Violets becomes the first feature film to launch exclusively on iTunes.

A romantic comedy directed by Edward Burns, Purple Violets stars Selma Blair, Debra Messing and Patrick Wilson. With limited offers from distributors, the filmmakers pin their hopes on iTunes distribution as an alternative way to get their movie in front of viewers.

Today in Apple history: iPods take to the skies

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Goodbye, in-flight magazines!
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November 14: Today in Apple history: iPods in airplanes November 14, 2006: Apple teams up with a slew of airlines to offer the “first seamless integration” between iPods and in-flight entertainment systems.

A special dock would let iPod owners play music and videos on planes’ seat-back displays. The plan promises to rid the world of old-fashioned in-flight movies and airline magazines.

Today in Apple history: iTunes sales hit astonishing new heights

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iTunes coming to Windows proved a smart move for Apple.
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November 6 Today in Apple history November 6, 2003: After porting iTunes to Windows, Apple sets a new record for digital music sales: a massive 1.5 million downloads in one week.

Bringing iTunes to PC users opens up a new, lucrative market for Apple. The record-breaking sales clock in at five times more than the 300,000 downloads Napster (remember it?) achieved in its debut week. And 1.5 million is double the 600,000 iTunes downloads per week Apple reported selling to Mac users prior to the Windows release.

Today in Apple history: Fortune names Steve Jobs ‘CEO of the decade’

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Steve Jobs was rounding out a brilliant 10 years at Apple.
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November 5: Today in Apple history: Fortune magazine names Steve Jobs CEO of the decade November 5, 2009: Fortune magazine names Steve Jobs “CEO of the decade.” The accolade comes just four months after Jobs returned to Apple after undergoing a liver transplant.

The business publication credits Jobs with transforming multiple industries, as well as continuing Apple’s meteoric rise. These achievements seem particularly noteworthy considering the tough economic conditions of the 2008 financial crash.