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MacBytes
Jan 23, 2006, 03:58 PM
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Link: Apple iTunes users growing fast (http://www.macbytes.com/link.php?sid=20060123165827)
Description:: The popularity of Apple's iPod has given a huge boost to the number of people visiting the iTunes music store, research shows.

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Kernow
Jan 23, 2006, 04:01 PM
What disturbed me most about this article was that iTunes users were more likely to drink cider than any other form of alcohol. :eek:

I thought Apple fans had taste.

Don't panic
Jan 23, 2006, 04:06 PM
i was going to comment on the same point.

i think it's tongue-in-cheek (=Apple juice) either by the journalist, the research company or by the people interviewed.

Applespider
Jan 23, 2006, 04:16 PM
i think it's tongue-in-cheek (=Apple juice) either by the journalist, the research company or by the people interviewed.

I forgot that in the US, cider could just be apple juice; I was dreadfully disappointed going through Vermont to discover that free cider tasting wasn't that exciting. In the UK, it's only really used to describe the alcoholic version which doesn't always bear much resemblance to apples.

Tongue in cheek sounds much better; some of those other characteristics were odd too. Most iTunes users are 12-17 years old and most iTunes users have a Volkswagen or Audi... :confused: And yes, I do know that the segments aren't mutually inclusive, statistically speaking

winmacguy
Jan 23, 2006, 04:18 PM
What disturbed me most about this article was that iTunes users were more likely to drink cider than any other form of alcohol. :eek:

I thought Apple fans had taste.
Maybe that is what Cupertino Kool-Aid is :p ;)

akb
Jan 23, 2006, 05:00 PM
One word: Podcasts.

Their popularity is going through the roof since Apple integrated them into iTunes. I spend much more time browsing podcasts than I do music these days.

nagromme
Jan 23, 2006, 06:22 PM
"about 14% of the net's active population are regularly using the iTunes service."

Now THAT is impressive. I'd heard about 14% accessing iTunes last year... I didn't realize it was REGULAR usage. That's nearly 1 in 6 Internet users.

More customers means more Mac sales down the road. And how about the occasional users? Add them in, plus all those Mac and iPod owners who do NOT use the music store (relying on CDs). Now you've got a big chunk of Internet users who already Apple customers. 1/5? 1/4? I don't know--but more than 1/6.

And Apple customers can become Mac customers very easily.

These are stats that bode well for the Mac platform.


Now... to add to the mystery of the 12-year-old alcoholics, the Apple juice, and the Cupertino Kool-Aid:

"Jon Gibs, director of media analytics at Nielsen NetRatings"

JON GIBS
(re-arrange)
JOBS GIN

I'm just saying.

pgwalsh
Jan 23, 2006, 06:39 PM
iTunes is great, but I have a few complaints.

1.) Auditioning tracks is too short. I want to hear a majority of the track, not 30 seconds.

2.) How about increasing the bit size to 320.

3.) Get more independent labels. I'd buy more music, but I'm not the into popular music and that appears to be most of what they have.

I'd like to see iTunes hook-up with Digitally Imported, so we can get newly released martial much faster and some DJ mixes. It would be great if you could listen to internet radio and then click and buy the song you're listening to or the mix.

plinden
Jan 23, 2006, 06:48 PM
i was going to comment on the same point.

i think it's tongue-in-cheek (=Apple juice) either by the journalist, the research company or by the people interviewed.
I read about this somewhere else. The actual survey said "hard cider" which means alcoholic cider.

Since this article is from the BBC and cider-UK = cider-with-alcohol, I guess the writer dropped the "hard" as unnecessary.

pgwalsh
Jan 23, 2006, 06:52 PM
I read about this somewhere else. The actual survey said "hard cider" which means alcoholic cider.

Since this article is from the BBC and cider-UK = cider-with-alcohol, I guess the writer dropped the "hard" as unnecessary.
Cider would make sense for younger people as they often haven't developed a taste for the finer things, like vino.

sjk
Jan 23, 2006, 10:58 PM
Maybe hard cider this generation's wine cooler (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wine_cooler)? And does anyone still drink Zima? :eek:

pgwalsh
Jan 23, 2006, 11:23 PM
Maybe hard cider this generation's wine cooler (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wine_cooler)? And does anyone still drink Zima? :eek:
Zima? Wow, haven't heard of that in a while.

For me, it went like this. High School we drank Milwaukee’s best, Buttwiper...er Budweiser, MGD, Coors Light, wine coolers and whiskey. I remember sitting down with one of my best friends with a bottle of Jack Daniels. We were 16 and we kept doing shots until neither one of us could do anymore. We stopped at 15 shots. That was a crazy night.

College we graduated to Heineken, Becks, Guinness, Anchor Steam Skip-n-go-nakes, purple passion, tequila shots and pretty much anything to get you and your date annihilated.

After college it became martini's, wine, cocktails with premium alcohol Guinness and Anchor Steam.

I’m Irish, what can I say.

Fiveos22
Jan 24, 2006, 09:40 AM
Between December 2004 and 2005 the numbers of people going to the site grew from 6.1 million to 20.7 million.

That could be written a little better: "Between December 2004 and December 2005 the number of people going to the site grew from 6.1 million to 20.7 million." There, now it doesn't imply that there was a three hundred percent increase in a month.

And on a sidenote:

Milwaukee’s best,

The BEAST! It hits the spot when your wallet can handle nothing better.