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iTunes Europe sells 800,000 songs in first week

updated 06:15 am EDT, Wed June 23, 2004

iTunes Europe sales soar

Apple today announced that the European version of its sold more than 800,000 songs in its first week of operation. Apple touted the success of its industry-leading online music store against other music services, saying that music fans in the UK, France and Germany have purchased and downloaded more than sixteen times the music than Appe's nearest competitor, according to the press release: "After selling over 800,000 songs during its first week, iTunes is Europe's top online music store," said Steve Jobs, Apple's CEO. "In the UK alone, iTunes sold more than 450,000 songs in the last week -- 16 times as many as OD2, its closest competitor."

Exclusive tracks from leading worldwide artists including the Pixies, Alicia Keys, Anastacia and Herbert Gronemeyer have been among top selling artists during the store's first week. "By distributing our first new song in 13 years exclusively on iTunes, we were able to quickly and inexpensively make it available to millions of fans in the United States and Europe," said Ken Goes, manager of the Pixies. "One week after its release, we are thrilled at the response from iTunes users that have helped to make Bam Thwok a top seller across four countries."

Earlier this year, UK-based OD2 said it had sold one million downloads through its European retail partners during the first three months of 2004.

by MacNN Staff





  1. AlanApple

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Nice start

    Seems a pretty good start and I am proud to say I made a contribution of 0.004% to this total!

  1. lau_lau_lau

    Joined: Dec 1969


    wait until...

    wait until the unis go back in september. then you'll see all the students taking advantage of the high speed connection and daddy's credit card.

  1. Pauldunlop

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Shame its not more

    I'm not sure about numbers, but I'd assume there are more people in the UK, France and Germany than the US? Just looking at the figures, in the US alone, and with only Mac users able to use the store, it sold 1 million songs in its first week, which I would have thought the store over here would beat, which it hasn't. Sort of surprising. I would imagine Apple aren't thrilled with the numbers either.

  1. johnhood

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Out of the gate

    Very good numbers.

  1. Xirt

    Joined: Dec 1969



    I haven't bought any songs from the UK iTMS yet because I think the price is still too high. I'd rather buy a CD and rip it than pay 7.99 for a bunch of files that I can loose if my machine dies. I'd rather pay 9.99 get the physical CD, sleeve notes and be able to rip it to whatever format I like, such as MP3 and be able to play the file in Linux, Windows, Mac OS, or whatever.

    Also as Apple probably keep track of purchases I think they should allow you to re-download a previously purchased song for recovery purposes - even if they charge a small amount for the bandwidth. You could authenticate you user details and only allow it a few times a year to prevent mis-use.

  1. salco

    Joined: Dec 1969



    If you are not sure, you should better look up the numbers before starting to lament. The UK, Germany and France together have about 200 mio residents, compared to 280 mio in the US. So I think 800,000 songs in the first week is a pretty respectable result.

  1. Double_UK

    Joined: Dec 1969


    what's the real problem?

    [quote] I'd rather buy a CD and rip it [/quote]

    But you still have to buy the COMPLETE album. iTMS let you buy just the tracks you like. And since it is more than often that I have interest in only a few tracks, it's cheaper to buy the individual tracks than an album with one hit and a dozen fillers.

    [quote] files that I can loose if my machine dies [/quote]
    Nobody is stopping you from burning your precious tracks to a CD as a back-up.

    [quote] I think they should allow you to re-download a previously purchased song for recovery purposes . [/quote]
    And your recordshop where you bought your 'physical CD' undoubtedly gives you a new copy when you hand him over your receipt of purchase after you have lost your CD...

  1. Peder Rice

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Not bad

    But what can you expect from Germany? File sharing is quite popular up there, and besides, they have access to Why would they entertain the idea of the iTMS?

    Overall then, I think these numbers are great, especially considering the late start to the launch of the service.

  1. GORDYmac

    Joined: Dec 1969



    IN YO FACE!!!

  1. beeble

    Joined: Dec 1969



    the death of Apple is imminent. They are only number one after their first week by a huge margin. They should be number -42 or something by now. Apple's shares have doubled in price in a year and are still climbing only proving that Apple is expensive. The Mac platform is finished.

    - excerpt from CNet

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