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Jobs talks iTunes, says no changes required

updated 05:00 pm EST, Tue December 16, 2003

Jobs: no plans to change

Steve Jobs said he has the iTunes Music Store to address upcoming competitive stores from Wal-Mart, Sony, and Microsoft, according to the USA Today. 'We're going to continue on our winning strategy'...Nor does Jobs plan to let iTunes customers use portable digital music players made by other companies. Today, customers can download songs to nearly any PC but need Apple's iPod if they want a portable player. "Our strategy is to support the No. 1 MP3 player in the market," Jobs says. iPod has 50% market share, researcher NPD Group says. Jobs also said that half of iTunes sales are entire albums, not individual songs."




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  1. MacNN.com Reader

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    Profits in the Pod, baby.

    Making a lot of money in online music is hard. Making money with iPods is a lot easier. This is wise strategy.

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    Shoe on other foot.

    Microsoft has bought companies that developed for Mac and shelved their good work, et al (connectix).

    IE one of the most widely used browsers does not have a version 6.0 for Mac allowing us to natively log into VPN's at Universities that only support WINDOWS.

    So, why should Apple (Jobs) port to other MP3 players?
    Make the public wake up and use the best. iPod!

    Hail iPod.
    Hail i...oh never mind.

    ;O)

  1. MacNN.com Reader

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    conversion

    there already is software to convert the format to .mp3, so it is not needed! (iPod)

  1. MacNN.com Reader

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    .aac encoding

    http://www.winamp.com/player/free.php

    rip using aac, go from mp3 to acc, go from .aac to MP3.

    Free
    WinAmp 5

  1. MacNN.com Reader

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    Why not use iTunes?

    iTunes is free, can rip mp3 to AAC and vice versa, and can convert a lot of other formats as well. iTunes can sync up to the iPod too, and WinAmp can't.

  1. MacNN.com Reader

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    itunes and rio

    itunes supports the rio last i tried it. wtf?

  1. MacNN.com Reader

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    TTF

    Rio doesn't support AAC. So, you have to jump through at least one hoop to get purchased somgs playing the Rio player.

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    CD quality songs

    Until the iTMS offers real 'cd quality' (or better) songs, I won't be purchasing any songs.

    If I buy music on a CD and encode it myself as ACC or MP3, I can produce a song that sounds much better, and transparent to the original CD (256kbit), than iTMS provides.

    Songs purchased from iTMS are lower quality than music sourced from CDs. While the whole experience of buying songs with iTMS is better, at the end of the day I am buying music, and I want it to sound good.

    I'd like to see higher quality songs offered, 192kbit or 256kbit AAC files would do the trick. 256kbit MP3s at least are usually considered archive quality.

    Until that happens, Im not sure that iTMS would replace CDs as quickly as it could.

    (Feedback to Apple has been submitted)

  1. MacNN.com Reader

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    Re: CD quality songs

    Oh, please...I'll bet $1000 that in a blind test you wouldn't be able to tell the difference between 128 AAC and 256.

    And the iTMS is such a runaway success, I don't see Apple shaking in their shoes over nose-in-the-air audio snobs threatening to take their ball and go home.

    Poser.

  1. MacNN.com Reader

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    Why not...

    Music videos for iTunes to promote Quicktime, or iPods with built in digicams to support iPhoto?

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