updated 11:50 am EDT, Thu June 19, 2003
Apple's enlistment of Indie Bands could to 400,000 in the next four months (currently the store advertises a 200,000 song collection). Rolling Stone, who says that Apple is not charging for premium placement, is offering the same deal to all labels (including the major record labels), but that Apple faces challenges in trying to get kids to buy music: "One key concern among labels is figuring out how to let kids who don't have credit cards buy music. 'You look at Apple's most downloaded tracks, and it's U2, Coldplay and Sheryl Crow. Our label has a much younger demographic." Apple reps say they are looking into stored-value cash cards teens could use for music purchases.'"