Ten years ago iTunes changed the music business
April 28, 2013 Leave a comment
Ten years ago, Apple launched a product that changed the music business for better and for worse. iTunes came along.
Prior to iTunes, the main source for legal downloading [after it was initially illegal] was Napster. Some say Apple basically stole Napster’s idea and perfected it.
Some debate whether or not iTunes actually curbed the illegal downloading of music. The formula worked. Earlier this year, Apple announced it had reached its one-billionth iTunes download. Apple has branched out in the past few years into movies, TV show videos, applications, and books.
Apple basically destroyed part of the music industry. Sure it legalized the downloading of music. But look at the flip side – why buy an album [or CD single] when you can just grab the tracks off the album you want and ditch the rest of the album. Pop albums tend to have a few good songs or so and the rest are fillers. But non-pop albums [jazz, blues, album orientated rock] have many good tracks.
The number of music stores in the Unites States shrank to 20% compared to about a decade ago. Most are attributed to iTunes. How many jobs were lost in the closure of the stores.
iTunes became the middleman after years of fighting between the music labels and the musicians. Both wanted to sell music digitally but couldn’t find a proper way to sell them digitally.
While iTunes has helped independent label and bands to get their music out. But there were also some artists who for a long time refused to sell their music on iTunes. This include [up until the last little while] The Beatles.
iTunes [the software] itself is bloated and buggy. Why do you need it to transfer music or pictures or videos from a computer to an iPod or iPhone? I have a single MP3 player. Plug a USB cable from my computer to it. The storage becomes a computer driver where I can copy and remove music off it without the need of a program.
I’ve bought 3 albums digitally [none through iTunes] only because they weren’t available on physical media. I prefer physical media. It feals that you actually bought something. You can appreciate the art work [even if on CD jewel case is small] and with the exception of 5.1 DVD audio, you can’t get a better quality [although some prefer the crackling of vinyl].
Not only did it kill the music industry but it helped kill the video stores as well by selling videos cheaply.