updated 01:15 pm EST, Mon February 14, 2011
Reflects iTunes' industry dominance
For the first time, music recorded specifically for the iTunes Store has won a Grammy award. A Train song, "Hey, Soul Sister," took home the award for Best Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals at last night's 2011 Grammys ceremony. The track initially debuted on the band's iTunes Session last fall, although it is now available on Amazon as part of a Grammys compilation.
The award may reflect the fact that the iTunes Store is now the primary sales venue for music in the US, whether online or at retail. iTunes Sessions have also become a staple internationally, a competitive advantage in some cases over alternatives like Amazon or eMusic. The advantage typically attributed to iTunes, however, is the integration of a storefront with the same software used to play and sync music.