Okay, so an hour ago we warned you that Apple would be giving away a $10,000 iTunes gift card to the purchaser of the ten billionth iTunes download, and if you didn’t act upon being put on notice, you’re too late. That’s right, Apple has officially surpassed the 10 billion song milestone with the iTunes Store, which is just unreal. Nice work, guys.
Edit: Alongside the announcement above, Apple also released a list of the the top 20 all-time best-selling iTunes songs, which has to be seen to be believed.
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If you have any songs you’d like to purchase from iTunes, you may want to care that task sometime today. Why? Simple. Apple is gonna giveaway a $10,000 iTunes gift card to the purchaser of the ten billionth iTunes track, and based on Apple’s ticker, that’s going to happen sometime today. Hit the link below for full details of the giveaway (or head straight to the iTunes store,) and good luck!
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It’s hard to believe that it has been 30 years since the very first Walkman came out. In honor of the occasion (or perhaps in spite of it) Scott Campbell gave up his iPod for a week and was asked to try it out. Some of his comments were worth repeating:
- “When I wore it walking down the street or going into shops, I got strange looks, a mixture of surprise and curiosity, that made me a little embarrassed.”
- “It took me three days to figure out that there was another side to the tape.”
- “When playing, it is clearly evident that the music sounds significantly different than when played on an MP3 player, mainly because of the hissy backtrack and odd warbly noises on the Walkman.”
- “I managed to create an impromptu shuffle feature simply by holding down ‘rewind’ and releasing it randomly.”
His dad’s comment when he told him about his idea, “Walkmen eat tapes.” P.S. We liked that hissy backtrack.
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The NPD Group has a new report that states that in 2008, 87% of all digital music buyers in the U.S. used iTunes while 16% were purchased through Amazon MP3. Analyst Russ Crupnick says that being in second place is encouraging considering that it has only been around for 18 months.
“It used to be that iTunes was first, and second was practically nobody,” Crupnick said. The survey also reported that many of the consumers are older and still purchase CDs.
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Intempo Digital has released the Rebel, a nifty little device that samples FM music from stations and saves up to forty of the most often repeated tracks as MP3 files. Even better, it cuts out annoying advertising and over-talky DJs. With its line-in jack you simply plug into DAB or Internet radio, then download to your cell phone or MP3 player. At a size of 195 x 80 x 70mm and a weight of 1kg, you can connect the Rebel by USB. The self-censoring digital music gadget is available for £69.99 (~$109.00.)
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Look, it’s another world’s smallest! Klipsch has released its black with copper accented Image in-ear headphones with contour ear gels for noise isolation, better bass response, and of course, comfort. The earbuds are compatible with iPods, iPhones, and most other portable gadgets, and comes with its own carrying case, a set of 5 ear gels with cleaner, and1/4-inch and airline adapters. The lighter, the more expensive it seems. The Image will set you back KRW450,000 (~$349.00.)
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It’s a frightening thought, but we’re wondering if there’s going to be a day when CDs will just fade away, like it’s predecessors the cassette, album, 45, 78 and 8-track. Judging by the latest Nielsen SoundScan figures this seems to be the case, as sales of digital music are up—almost 50% higher—than this time last year. Not surprisingly, CDs are decreasing in sales, down 15% over the same period (Jan 1- July 1). The main reason seems to be that the people are buying only the hit songs they like online, as opposed to the whole album, which makes complete sense to us. Unfortunately, this also means fans will miss out on some truly terrific music, because if you only buy Amy Winehouse’s hit “Rehab”, you may never experience just how amazing the rest of her “Back to Black” truly is.
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