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iTunes for Windows launched

Written by Jari Ketola @ 16 Oct 2003 13:29 User comments (2)

iTunes for Windows launched Apple Computer has launched the Windows version of its popular iTunes music store. iTunes music jukebox software allows Windows users to access the service that has been available to Mac users since April, 2003.
The software is free, and offers the same catalogue at the same prices as the Macintosh version. It also has the same look and feel as the Mac version, and it supports both AAC with DRM, and MP3. Microsoft's Windos Media Audio format is not supported.

"This is not some baby version of iTunes or the music store," said Steve Jobs, Apple CEO. "This is the whole thing."

Making a "cripped" version of iTunes would have made little sense, since competing with services like Napster 2 requires the best of efforts from Apple.

With iTunes for Windows Apple has had to let go of some of their main principles. So far Apple has been proud of their Macintosh only -software. But the Windows market was just too big a possibility to waste to cockiness.


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2 user comments

117.10.2003 11:37

I was under the impression that you would be able to download mp3's from iTunes. I believe I read that somewhere. Does anyone know because it does not appear to give you the option when you purchase a song and automatically downloads in acc format?

220.10.2003 3:38

This is Apple's version of DRM (Digital Rights Management). You can burn your ACC files to CD as MP3's. This is a very liberal usage policy compared to the other legal services available.

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