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Cupertino (CA) - Apple announced that it's iTunes music store now has 50 million customers and has become the second largest music retailer in the U.S.
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According to NPD Group, the only U.S. store selling more music than Apple is Wal-Mart.
Only pwned by Wal-Mart. Kind of reminds me of the recent "Starbuck's vs. McDonald's" thing that has spring up recently now that McD's has real espresso machines and Starbuck's shares are falling.

Starbuck's has always been the McD's of the coffee world anyway. Would that be ironic if McD's became the McD's of the coffee world? Anyway...I'm derailing my own thread in the first post.

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Not to troll or anything, but I utterly despise iTunes for using DRM music. It is monopolistic in a sense and I can see why many have complained about it before.

That being said, I still see the appeal to the average user that could care less if his music is limited to iTunes. The player's interface is simple, the music format sounds decent, and it is absurdly easy to use the store's functions.
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Not to troll or anything, but I utterly despise iTunes for using DRM music. It is monopolistic in a sense and I can see why many have complained about it before.

That being said, I still see the appeal to the average user that could care less if his music is limited to iTunes. The player's interface is simple, the music format sounds decent, and it is absurdly easy to use the store's functions.
Which is why iTunes Plus is rapidly growing. It has no DRM!
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Which is why iTunes Plus is rapidly growing. It has no DRM!

Agreed Been iTunes user since last year, and I'm happy with the way things are with iTunes so far, just waiting for movies feature to come out in UK then I can get rid all of my DVD movies!
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Which is why iTunes Plus is rapidly growing. It has no DRM!
Amen to DRM free music.. More food for my Silver 80GB Classic
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I get all my music from emusic.com. Totally DRM-free but also limited to independent artists and labels. I really enjoy it.

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If I can get it from Amazon, I get it from there now. Cheaper, always DRM free, mp3 format, and always 256 kbs encoding. Now if they would just start to offer FLAC format and have all players support it, the world would be a better place.
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Not to troll or anything, but I utterly despise iTunes for using DRM music. It is monopolistic in a sense and I can see why many have complained about it before.

That being said, I still see the appeal to the average user that could care less if his music is limited to iTunes. The player's interface is simple, the music format sounds decent, and it is absurdly easy to use the store's functions.
It's not Apple's fault for the DRMs. The record labels wanted to protect their music from pirates (lol). But if you have even been paying attention, Apple has been working hard with record companies to remove said DRMs. If you go to the iTunes Music Store, anything with a "+" next to the price tag is higher quality and DRM free.
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I've never bought anything off iTunes. Come to think of it, I've never bought music online. It's more fun to buy the actual album in a store (and then rip it myself). Then I control the quality, not Apple.
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