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iTunes store lags behind 100 million song target

updated 03:40 pm EST, Mon March 15, 2004

iTunes sales target

More than 50 million songs have been bought from Apple's iTunes music store, but the number is that Apple set itself last year, observes BBC News. It launched its online music store for Mac users in April 2003 and expanded it to Windows users in October. Apple is the leading player in online music but it faces increasing competition from others seeking a slice of the market for digital downloads. The iTunes store is currently only available in the U.S., but will be available internationally later this year.

by MacNN Staff





  1. iKenny

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Wow that's fair.

    It's really not fair to Apple that after they totally guess on how many songs they will have sold by April 28, since they're the first ones to do this, they're shot down because they've failed to meet one mark. If it was Napster or another store that is following Apple's lead, it might have been more fair, but to hit on Apple because they weren't even sure!

  1. Rincewind

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Uh huh...

    Um... 50 million songs *without* counting songs that are being redeemed for free... of which there are 100 million out there. I think it's a little early to be saying that Apple won't reach their own mark...

  1. motti

    Joined: Dec 1969


    later this year...

    Yeah, sure, "will be available internationally later this year.." My guess is, it won't be available until the end of 2006, as will the iPhoto Store and a localized (and thus useful) Sherlock.

  1. faizon

    Joined: Dec 1969


    evr1 knows

    U set expectations to beat them . Comon apple .. u should have set your goal at 5 songs sold and 10 million IPODs by the end of the year.

    I dont hear much from the mini ipod bashers anymore ???

  1. TideSwimmer

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Bizarre interpretation

    First point: it’s not April 28 yet.

    Second point: The current total doesn’t include the Pepsi promotion totals.

    Third point: What is the point of this story? Here is what it says. ITMS has ONLY sold 50 million songs, it ONLY sells 2.5 million songs a week. It ONLY is the market leader by millions and millions of songs in all categories.

    Conclusion: ITMS and Apple should get out of business and return all the money to stockholders and cede the market to WMA, which although behind by millions and millions of songs, has somehow been granted the winner’s trophy.

    In other words, more of the endless FUD.

    I’m a reporter for a newspaper. Here’s how it works:
    10 a.m. - Editor hears some buzz about “digital music or something - something about songs online.”

    10:05 a.m. - Editor asks reporter to turn something around by 2 p.m.

    10:10 a.m. - Reporter, who is already way overworked, fumes a bit, then does “research” by going to Microsoft website. (Note: unless the reporter is me.)

    2 p.m. - deadline met with meaningless story, based on nothing.

  1. Dame Scribble

    Joined: Dec 1969


    But who really care...

    if Apple made it's self-determined quota yet? I, for one, just bought a 15 gig iPod, and I am mad I waited this long!
    And as a poster said, it's too early to fall into the numbers hype. Surely Apple will have close to those numbers next month, or at the least, will be closer to it then than the company is now.
    Apple is #1 in the digital music/player market. THAT'S the only stat I care about:)

  1. ghost_flash

    Joined: Dec 1969



    That is how MacNN works when it reports all this c*** about Apple. They do it quite often though. Why is that? Those Microsoft advertisements (banners) couldn't have anything to do with it could it?

  1. Bonedaddy

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Get your facts straight

    Good Lord!!!!
    This story screwed up on every site

  1. Bonedaddy

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Lets have a moment

    of silence for our good friend RIPE.


    MacNN Pulled the plug.

  1. porieux

    Joined: Dec 1969



    When did Apple say they weren't including the Pepsi downloads in that 100 Million figure? Oh that's right, they didn't....

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