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Apple dominance not threatened by new services

updated 01:50 pm EDT, Wed May 11, 2005

iPod/iTunes dominance

The recent and other music subscription services. In addition, if subscription services become more successful, Senior Research Analyst Gene Munster believes that by year end Apple will introduce its own version of a subscription-based music service. "We have seen over the last 2 years that the success of online music services is driven by compatible devices," explains Munster. "In other words, the risk to Apple is a killer new MP3 player, not a new online music service." The Yahoo! music service will be available for use on the same devices as Napster-To-Go and Rhapsody To Go, but not the iPod.

by MacNN Staff





  1. Paul Huang

    Joined: Dec 1969


    "killer" device?

    I am still waiting for those "killer" devices. Perhaps they have all committed suicide, as Apple's market share in flash and HD-based MP3 players continue to rise.

  1. blue80907

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Apple commits suicide

    Apple has forced Roxio/Toast to discontinue support for burning ANYTHING from iTunes in all their next releases, like a CD copy for your car. Does this sound like Apple wants all???

    We may not have the killer devices yet but, the direction apple is taking will force some of us to look at other sources for our digital music and the devices that play them. I know I'd rather buy a physical CD and pay a little more, then to ask apple for permission to use my legally purchased music they way THEY SEE FIT, on the devices they want me to use.

    They have risen to the top with iTunes and iPod and now have decided to sink to the bottom. Greed is an ugly thing.

  1. bigpoppa206

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Actually Apple did NOT

    commit suicide, it just re-inforces the agreement you already made when you downloaded the tracks from iTunes. The agreement says you are allowed a certain number of times to burn a CD, which is still fully supported in iTunes. Once you've burned a CD (you DO make backups, don't you?) you can do whatever you want with the track. Sure the Roxio loophole was nice but it was just that, a loophole. Lets not jump on Big Brother soapbox when its not necessary.

  1. DeKU

    Joined: Dec 1969



    its not apple commiting suicide but the other brands of "ipod killer" devices.

  1. beeble

    Joined: Dec 1969


    CD burning in iTunes

    Correct me if I'm wrong, but the only limitation in iTunes when burning CD's is that you can't burn the same playlist more than a certain number of times. That goes for any song doesn't it, DRM protected or not?

    Call me wacky, but that seems fair to me considering that was the key thing that got the labels on side in the first place. I don't need 5 copies of the same playlist on CD. What legitimate use could there be for more copies than iTunes already gives you?

  1. driven

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Agreed ...

    Apple is enforcing the agreements that it promised to the record labels. They did the right thing by shutting down the Roxio thing.

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