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Apple launches A Decade of iTunes promo, no deals in sight

updated 06:29 am EDT, Wed April 24, 2013

Apple A Decade of iTunes promotion covers 10 years of artist, Apple hits

Apple has launched new iTunes promotion it has dubbed 'A Decade of iTunes.' However unlike Google Play, which has run has celebrated milestones and offered discounts on some content, Apple is not offering any apparent deals on charting songs and albums from the period covered. In fairness, however, many of the albums and singles have come down in price over the years since they first charted.

The promo also includes a lot of Apple and iTunes related trivia and facts that will be of interest to Apple fans. Key milestones are highlighted in the development of iTunes including when the service first launched, key feature and content additions, as well as key product launches and other related service. Information along with a timeline is published for each of the 10 years that iTunes has been live.

When iTunes launched on April 28, 2003, for example, the top selling song of the day was U2's 'Stuck in a Moment,' while the top selling album was Beck's 'Sea Change.' Apple ratcheted up a remarkable 1 million downloads in its first week. The date also coincided with the launch of the third-generation iPod, which held just 7,500 songs - not much by today's standards, but excellent for the time.

by MacNN Staff




  1. MacEspresso

    Fresh-Faced Recruit

    Joined: 04-24-13

    The article says: "In fairness, however, many of the albums and singles have come down in price over the years since they first charted."

    However, I'd say the exact opposite is true at least for the older items. I checked a bunch of the songs from the early years (2003-2005) and most are now being sold for $1.29. When these songs were first released they were sold for $0.99. I'm sure that no song has decreased in price.

    Remember when iTunes first announced the increased price? I believe they said the $1.29 price would be for latest chart-toppers and the price would return to $0.99 after they weren't so new. Apparently "not so new" is a really, really long time.

  1. Charles Martin

    MacNN Editor

    Joined: 08-04-01

    MacEspresso: you're not adjusting for inflation. :)

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