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10 years since Apple launched the iTunes music store

Tech | | April 28, 2013, 11:00 am
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Steve Jobs stood by a projection of the iTunes website as he launched iTunes Music Store in the territories of Great Britain, Germany and France, on June 15, 2004 in London.

Steve Jobs stood by a projection of the iTunes website as he launched iTunes Music Store in the territories of Great Britain, Germany and France, on June 15, 2004 in London.

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Apple CEO Steve Jobs introduced the new iPod cell phone, made by Motorola, and the new iPod nano, which was thinner than a No. 2 pencil September 7, 2005 at the Moscone Center in San Francisco, California. The iTunes enabled cell phone was able to hold up to 100 songs and the iPod nano will come in a 2GB model, holding up to 500 songs, and a 4GB model, holding up to 1000 songs.

Apple CEO Steve Jobs introduced the new iPod cell phone, made by Motorola, and the new iPod nano, which was thinner than a No. 2 pencil September 7, 2005 at the Moscone Center in San Francisco, California. The iTunes enabled cell phone was able to hold up to 100 songs and the iPod nano will come in a 2GB model, holding up to 500 songs, and a 4GB model, holding up to 1000 songs.

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On May 2, 2006, Apple Computer, the maker of the popular iPod and iTunes, announced that it has extended distibution contracts with four major record labels allowing songs on iTunes to continue to be downloaded for $.99.

On May 2, 2006, Apple Computer, the maker of the popular iPod and iTunes, announced that it has extended distibution contracts with four major record labels allowing songs on iTunes to continue to be downloaded for $.99.

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The photo from Apple Computer shows the company's iPod, a digital music player.

The photo from Apple Computer shows the company's iPod, a digital music player.

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The photo from Apple Computer shows the company's iTunes, a digital music player for a computer.

The photo from Apple Computer shows the company's iTunes, a digital music player for a computer.

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In 2003, Jobs announced the popular iTunes music program would now be able to be used on both Apple and PC computers and the successful 99 cent music store was adding thousands of new songs.

In 2003, Jobs announced the popular iTunes music program would now be able to be used on both Apple and PC computers and the successful 99 cent music store was adding thousands of new songs.

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A display of new iPod Nano sits at an Apple media event on September 12, 2006 in San Francisco, California.

A display of new iPod Nano sits at an Apple media event on September 12, 2006 in San Francisco, California.

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iTunes turns 10: Apple launched the iTunes Music Store on April 28, 2003, an online music store that lets customers find, purchase and download music. Apple CEO Steve Jobs has described the iTunes Music Store as a way for consumers to legally download music from the Internet while protecting the rights of the artists and music companies.

iTunes turns 10: Apple launched the iTunes Music Store on April 28, 2003, an online music store that lets customers find, purchase and download music. Apple CEO Steve Jobs has described the iTunes Music Store as a way for consumers to legally download music from the Internet while protecting the rights of the artists and music companies.

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When Apple launched its iTunes music store a decade ago amid the ashes of Napster, the music industry - reeling from the effects of online piracy - was anxious to see how the new music service would shake out.

When Apple launched its iTunes music store a decade ago amid the ashes of Napster, the music industry - reeling from the effects of online piracy - was anxious to see how the new music service would shake out.

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In 2006, Apple CEO Steve Jobs delivered a keynote address during an Apple media event. Jobs announced new iPods and video downloads from iTunes.

In 2006, Apple CEO Steve Jobs delivered a keynote address during an Apple media event. Jobs announced new iPods and video downloads from iTunes.

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 The new iPod Nano was displayed during an Apple special event on September 9, 2008 in San Francisco, California. Apple CEO Steve Jobs announced a new version of the popular iTunes software new versions of the iPod Nano and Touch.

The new iPod Nano was displayed during an Apple special event on September 9, 2008 in San Francisco, California. Apple CEO Steve Jobs announced a new version of the popular iTunes software new versions of the iPod Nano and Touch.

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In 2010, Apple signed a deal with the record label EMI and the Beatles' company to sell digital downloads of the legendary rock band's music on iTunes.

In 2010, Apple signed a deal with the record label EMI and the Beatles' company to sell digital downloads of the legendary rock band's music on iTunes.

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Apple Vice President of iPod and iPhone Product Marketing Greg Joswiak, announced new Apple earphones called EarPods during an Apple special event at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts on September 12, 2012 in San Francisco, California. Celebrating its 10-year mark on Sunday, Apple's iTunes faces renewed scrutiny on how it will continue to dominate in the next decade - or whether it can.

Apple Vice President of iPod and iPhone Product Marketing Greg Joswiak, announced new Apple earphones called EarPods during an Apple special event at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts on September 12, 2012 in San Francisco, California. Celebrating its 10-year mark on Sunday, Apple's iTunes faces renewed scrutiny on how it will continue to dominate in the next decade - or whether it can.

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In 2005, Apple CEO Steve Jobs announced a new iPod that was capable of playing video, a new iMac and new version of iTunes that allowed people to purchase videos and television shows.

In 2005, Apple CEO Steve Jobs announced a new iPod that was capable of playing video, a new iMac and new version of iTunes that allowed people to purchase videos and television shows.