The iTunes Music Store
Yesterday Apple (everyone’s favorite computer company) unveiled a new music service called The iTunes Music Store to coincide with the release of a new version of iTunes and a revamped iPod. The service allows users to download songs for 99¢ and full CDs for around $10 a pop. In addition to that, iTunes now supports the AAC format (Advanced Audio Coding), which produces smaller files than the widely used MP3 format, and supposedly near-CD audio quality. Apple is making a big bid to wrangle the online music world. Can they really tame this unruly beast? Will people pay for what they can still find for free if they are the least bit savvy? The biggest drawback for me is missing out on the CD artwork. Sadly, the service only runs through the new iTunes, which is only for OSX. I really need to upgrade.