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Old 04-03-2008, 09:21 AM
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And engadget says iTunes being #1 might be caused by people cashing in those iTunes gift cards and the giddy purchases made by new iPod owners.

http://www.engadget.com/2008/04/03/d...-probably-not/

In February 26, apple announced that iTunes "is now the number two music retailer in the US, behind only Wal-Mart".
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Amazon has done a great job on getting on their feet.

So much for CDs being dead. 71% is still a huge number to over take. I'm sure iTunes/Amazon and company will but CDs definitely aren't as dead as some people would make you think it seems.
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I thought downloads killed off physical music?
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Really makes me wish SACD had taken off. If I'm going to actually buy something physical, it needs to be more state of the art than CD now.
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Kind of makes me sad to see iTunes being #1 actually, to be quite frank I dislike the software and the service. I'm a bigger fan of Zune, the software works better and your purchases are protected by Zune Market place unlike iTunes. The fact that they give you the $15 monthly fee to download anything and everything you want to your PC/Zune player option is also great.
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I thought downloads killed off physical music?
Downloads will only kill off technologies where its slower to download than it is to drive to the store and buy / rent a copy

(i think thats the latest logic from the luddites)
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Downloads will only kill off technologies where its slower to download than it is to drive to the store and buy / rent a copy

(i think thats the latest logic from the luddites)
In music, it's MUCH quicker to download than it is to drive to the store and buy a CD.
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In music, it's MUCH quicker to download than it is to drive to the store and buy a CD.
Maybe those 70% sales are all from dialup users.

...or perhaps not. I think this puts a spoke in the wheel of the "digital delivery will conquer all" claims, if CD sales are still holding their own despite the fact that the digital music sales are actually helped by the arcane features of the physical model (e.g. in order to buy one track, you must buy the whole album). Except for music video, downloaded video doesn't have this advantage (who watches just one scene of a film?)
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In music, it's MUCH quicker to download than it is to drive to the store and buy a CD.
exactly,

10 seconds to download a track ~30 minutes to buy it, downloads loose
~3 hours to download a bluray quality film, ~30 minutes to rent / buy it, downloads win

(fyi not my 'logic')
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