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HUGE deal—better than free iPods

No need to comment about this huge deal: “Florida State finalizing huge deal with Apple to provide free copies of iTunes and 99 cent songs for students.” A As Jason Kottke said: Wow! How will they keep everyone else from taking advantage of this great deal? [Thanks...

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The “French-born” iMac G5

Peter Rojas from Engadget gave us the scoop about the new iMac G5 unveiled at the Paris Apple Expo 2004. Here’s the scoop: it comes in both 17-inch and 20-inch widescreen versions, and it’s an all-in-one with everything built-into the monitor. The 17-inch model comes...

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iMixes used as protest against lack of indenpedent artists

We had mentioned during iTunes UK launch that users were upset because most independent artists wouldn’t be included in the catalog. Now some users are using the playlist-sharing feature to protest against the lack of indies by creating iMixes with titles like “iTunes...

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iTunes already sold 800,000 songs in Europe

European users have bought over 800,000—16 times as many as its closest competitor, OD2— songs on the newly launched iTunes stores in UK, France and Germany. 56% of the total (or 450,000) was downloaded by British music fans. Top selling artists were Pixies, Alicia Keys,...

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iTunes unveiled in the UK, Germany and France

Let the price war continue. Apple iTunes service was just unveiled in an event that took place in London. Apple announced the launch not only in the UK but also in France and Germany. Another surprise is the cost of a song that’s 79p, instead of the expected 99p (equivalent of $1.43,...

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1,000 is the magic number for player capacity

A survey conducted by JupiterResearch concluded that the ideal capacity for a digital music player is of storing 1,000 songs. Ninety percent of consumers have no more than 1,000 songs on their PCs. And 77 percent responded to be interested in players with a capacity of 1,000...

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Downloading Music Gets More Expensive

In a movement 180 degrees opposite to what we’ve been reporting in Europe and Australia, five of the major music companies are discussing hiking the price of digital downloads on new releases — to anywhere from $1.25 to as much as $2.49.  According to this article...

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“Hey Ya!” at 29 pence

It just gets better in Europe, through the wires we learn that Wippit relaunched today offering downloads at 29p ($0.54). This move is the declaration of an European price war for digital songs. Most European services follow the price model created by Apple iTune’s and...

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OD2 reaches first millionth download

Reporting a 1000% increase over Q1 last year — UK-based digital music service —announced one million downloads during the first quarter of 2004. This shows signs that the music download business in Europe might be ready to take off. But nothing yet compared with US as The Register...

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Virgin to compete with iTunes in the US and Europe

Another player to join the music download competition. Virgin just announced the launch of Virgin Digital in August. Virgin Digital will be the front end for MusicNet — an online distribution company formed by Sony, BMG and Warner Music Group. The Virgin Group laid out ambitious...

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