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AOL integrates iTunes into AOL Music Destination

updated 01:15 pm EST, Thu December 18, 2003

AOL integrates iTunes

can now preview, purchase and download songs available on AOL Music by simply clicking an iTunes button placed next to featured tracks. The iTunes button will launch Apple's iTunes Music Store, and automatically select the featured track for preview or one-click purchase and download. In addition, AOL members can use their AOL Wallet or card-on-file to conveniently purchase and download songs from iTunes. Starting today, AOL is also offering iTunes Music Store customers the opportunity to purchase exclusive and original music from its popular music programs Sessions@AOL and Broadband Rocks



"Apple and AOL are making it easy for AOL's millions of U.S. subscribers to legally purchase and download music," said Rob Schoeben, Apple's vice president of Applications Marketing. "AOL members can now conveniently use their AOL screen names and passwords to log onto the iTunes Music Store and use their AOL Wallet or card-on-file to immediately purchase and download songs."



AOL members who purchase songs from the iTunes Music Store will have the benefit of Apple's personal use rights and 99 cents-per-song pricing, and access to online gift certificates for family and friends, an "Allowance" feature that lets parents automatically deposit monthly funds into their kids' iTunes Music Store account and more than 5,000 audiobooks. The iTunes Music Store offers a catalog of more than 400,000 songs from all five major music companies and over 200 independent music labels.




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  1. MacNN.com Reader

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    Good News (and 1st post)

    Now the masses of general computer users that use AOL will not be suckered in to buying DRM'ed WMA files from iTMS competitors. This could help Apple maintain their toe-hold in the mp3 player business and keep the company moving forward.

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    M$ should close up shop..

    Interesting - the #1 online service decides to partner with the #1 music store, which supports the #1 MP3 player.

    Hopefully, this will seal the fate of WMA (WinBlows Media A$$hole) and continue its downward spiral.

    Billy Boi should close Micro$s*** and return all the money to the shareholders. Oops, that's Mikey Boi's line.

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    How Many Broadband on AOL

    AOL has had a thing against Microsoft for a while, this is nothing new. My question is, how many broadband users (most likely iTMS users) are on AOL. Not a whole lot, and dial-up users may not like the wait times for a song.

  1. MacNN.com Reader

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    Dial up works too

    I know many who would use Napster on dial-up (I was one), so I would think they also would do it on ITMS.

  1. MacNN.com Reader

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    Strong idea

    I've never been an AOL (l)user, so I'm very keen to get my hands on some of the Sessions @ AOL and Broadband Rocks. Good idea!

  1. MacNN.com Reader

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    only good things...

    only good things can come of this...

  1. MacNN.com Reader

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    "How many broadband.."

    "AOL has had a thing against Microsoft for a while, this is nothing new. My question is, how many broadband users (most likely iTMS users) are on AOL. Not a whole lot, and dial-up users may not like the wait times for a song."

    Yes it is new. Well, the part of AOL bringing on board iTMS. YOu write your little post as if that is a bad thing.
    How many broadband users are on AOL?
    Answer: Alot and more to come as their is more reason to with iTunes.

    How many on dial-up would wait for a song?
    Let's find out.
    A one, a two, a three, crunch! or is that crash?

    I guess they'll have to buy AOL Broadband.
    That is the idea after all. Bring aboard quality products which demand broadband in order to keep their marketshare, or grow.

    I like it.
    Oh yes.

  1. MacNN.com Reader

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    Hey there sparky...

    AOL users can immediately use their current login ids etc. , to start downloading!

    Read the article, and go to the links.
    This is terrific for all those lemmings on AOL, and even better for iTunes and Apple.

    I'm glad I switched!

  1. MacNN.com Reader

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    How many AOL'ers?

    "- Twenty-eight million people now subscribe to AOL;

    - Time spent on-line is an average of 70 minutes per session, up from 63 minutes;

    - AOL reached the mark of 2.2 million simultaneous users; and

    - AOL Time Warner sites account for nearly 1/3 of all time spent on-line in January.

    COPYRIGHT 2001 Information Gatekeepers, Inc.
    COPYRIGHT 2001 Gale Group"

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    I think this could be what Steve Jobs was referring to when he said "100,000,000" songs downloaded... not including PEPSI!

  1. MacNN.com Reader

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    "AOL'ers"

    Oh really?

    "While AOL remains far and away the largest ISP, just 600,000 of its customers access the Internet through AOL Broadband, despite the explosive growth in broadband connectivity in the past couple of years."

    I forgot the source.

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