iTMS Downloads Top 200 Million

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In a press release, Apple announced that the iTMS has successfully sold over 200 million tracks, with the second 100 million coming since July 12, 2004.
iTunes has made it easy to give the gift of music this holiday season with iTunes prepaid cards that are available from retailers like Amazon.com, Best Buy, Circuit City, CompUSA, Kroger, RadioShack, 7-Eleven, Target, as well as Apple’s online store and Apple’s retail stores and offer $15 or $25 of music on the iTunes Music Store. Gift givers can also send iTunes gift certificates in amounts from $10 to $200 by email or regular mail, and can print out these gift certificates in color right on their computer for the perfect last minute stocking stuffer.


“iTunes has now sold over 200 million songs, making it the world’s number one online music store by far,” said Steve Jobs, Apple’s CEO. “We’re thrilled to be making music an even more popular gift this holiday season with iTunes and iPod.”
 

dobbin

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WOW!

Makes my 10 or so songs seem so insignificant. Then again it would only be 199,999,990 without me! :D
 

Stella

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200 million. Good.

However is the purchase rate speeding up or slowing down ( taking into account the new stores ) ?
 

cxny

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Jobs Law?

I think what we have here is the "Moore's Law" of music downloads. Let's see if Job's Law holds up for 40 years as well! Of course that may entail the entire planet listening to 10 terrabyte iPods each with several billion dollars worth of ITMS dowloads.........
 

Xtremehkr

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I'm up to 37 songs from iTMS, more than I thought. The exclusive tracks keep sucking me in. 3EB just released a cover of Cry, Cry, Cry that is outstanding. I haven't even started on all of the Pearl Jam tracks yet.
 

Stella

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Well thats good (see quote below ), but its only for the usa, Apple is forgetting the rest of the world. Napster are making better initiatives than Apple, for example, in the UK you can buy Napster vouchers from Dixons ( Dixons being the largest chain of electronic stores ). Where are such initiatives from Apple?

Apple appears to be resting on their lorrals. I don't care if Apple have the market share, they need to be more proactive about where you can buy pre paid vouchers from etc. Napster will catch Apple up ( market share), I'm very sure of that.

Napster are marketing their store better than Apple - i.e., cheaper sales for bulk users ( universities) , partnering with Store Chains - internationally.

Apple are far behind in their marketing initiatives and they need to improve otherwise Napster will pass iTMS, at some point.




"Tunes has made it easy to give the gift of music this holiday season with iTunes prepaid cards that are available from retailers like Amazon.com, Best Buy, Circuit City, CompUSA, Kroger, RadioShack, 7-Eleven, Target, as well as Apple?s online store and Apple?s retail stores and offer $15 or $25 of music on the iTunes Music Store. Gift givers can also send iTunes gift certificates in amounts from $10 to $200 by email or regular mail, and can print out these gift certificates in color right on their computer for the perfect last minute stocking stuffer.
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Sir_Giggles

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jbembe said:
O.K. who's the ambitious soul who's going to plot iTMS sales over time to show us how the curve is progressing!!?? :D
At this rate, the curve skyrockets upwards and falls back on it self. With sales so dizzying, time will go in reverse. :D
 

jxyama

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wow... that's roughly 22 weeks to get the 100 million -> 4.5 million per week -> 650k per day.

and christmas isn't even here yet...

we could see 250 million by MWSF.

and just the other day, we saw a post about Real almost boasting selling 3 million tracks in 3 weeks at 50% off... :D
 

jbembe

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Xtremehkr said:
I'm up to 37 songs from iTMS, more than I thought. The exclusive tracks keep sucking me in. 3EB just released a cover of Cry, Cry, Cry that is outstanding. I haven't even started on all of the Pearl Jam tracks yet.
You mean Third Eye Blind covered a Johnny Cash song!?? Might have to check that out.
 

iriejedi

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Perfect Thread for my question

How can you deauthorize a computer (iTunes) that dies or is taken away from you (ie work upgrades you and your computer dissapears)

Thanks in advace!

Iriejedi

Sir_Giggles said:
At this rate, the curve skyrockets upwards and falls back on it self. With sales so dizzying, time will go in reverse. :D
 

Threnody

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iriejedi said:
How can you deauthorize a computer (iTunes) that dies or is taken away from you (ie work upgrades you and your computer dissapears)
I remember reading that if you call or email Apple they'll deauthorize the computer for you (although I wouldn't make a habit of it). I hope you didn't lose all the music on the computer too!

As an aside, I wonder how the Canadian store is doing. I know I've bought my fair share (42 songs and counting). I'd bet they're close to being the most popular in the country if they're not already. They've been getting a crazy amount of press here lately.
 

zelmo

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That 2nd 100 million went really, really fast. Does anyone know if that figure includes purchased/unused gift cards, or if it is purely tracks that have already been downloaded?
 

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Stella said:
Well thats good (see quote below ), but its only for the usa, Apple is forgetting the rest of the world. Napster are making better initiatives than Apple, for example, in the UK you can buy Napster vouchers from Dixons ( Dixons being the largest chain of electronic stores ). Where are such initiatives from Apple?
But Napster seem to be forgetting the rest of Europe. Their European store is UK only, I believe.
 

eazyway

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A steep curve

Stella said:
200 million. Good.

However is the purchase rate speeding up or slowing down ( taking into account the new stores ) ?
Now downloading at 25M per month or 300M per year.

Took 4 months to go from 50 to 100M
Took 3 months to go from 100-150M
and 2 months to go from 150 to 200M
if this trend continues which I see happening for at least another year
i can see Apple getting above 100M downloads per month.


This next month will see a huge number. From the Christmas iPods, the Gift Certificates .No question they wil hit 250M by MacWorld. At this trend look for the 1 Billionth download to occur during 2005.

Pretty awsome. Looking at getting to a Billion dollars in yearly revenue just from the iTMS !! for 2006.

By 2006 expect there to be 25Mplus iPod users. At an average of 1 song a week(lower than the current rate)you have 1.3B downloads.

Gotta buy some long term stock options on Apple !!