October 16, 2003

Apple, Pepsi and iTunes for Windows

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It turns out you can sell sugar water and change the world at the same time. =-)

Today Apple released iTunes 4.1 along with a second-generation Music Store, various iPod accessories, and announcements of promotional relationships with AOL and Pepsi. Vastly more important however, Apple made a version of iTunes for Windows available to download. Now Apple will battle major digital music distributors head-to-head. In addition, Windows users will finally get a taste of Apple’s slick interfaces and rich feature sets. It hardly seems fair to reward non-switchers with such excellent (and free) software. =-)

Have any Windows users tried iTunes yet? What do you think so far? Will I be able to resist buying a reasonably priced refurb iPod? Stay tuned.

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Sean Peisert
Sean Peisert

I’ve tried iTunes for Windows on my WinXP installation and it works, as you should know, perfectly. It has everything I need, heck the app even categorized my music collection for me. One feature that I do miss however is some sort of autoplay, that makes the player start playing just by starting the application. But that’s just about the only thing I have to complain about. But hey, I’m not the one to complain, I plan to make THE SWITCH (yes, let’s capitalize it) within 2 or 3 months.

Sean Peisert

From MacMinute — October 16 - 23:06 EDT:?? Apple will be opening two new retail stores on Friday, October 24, at 8:00 p.m. The stores are located at the University Towne Centre in San Diego, California, and the Legacy Village retail complex in Lyndhurst, Ohio. Both stores will have their grand openings on the same day that Apple Stores nationwide plan to host the “Night of the Panther” special event for the release of Mac OS X 10.3 Panther. The event takes place from 8:00 p.m. to midnight. Both stores have been previously mentioned on MacMinute.

Rachelle Bowden

utc? and they’re already at fashion valley, right? i think nyc is due for another store if sd can have 2 ..

Walt Dickinson

The San Francisco Apple Store is being constructed now that they’ve finished demolishing the Sephora. I think it’s supposed to be finished next Spring. Fortunately, I can get my fix at the Bay Street Apple Store in Emeryville. =-)

I probably won’t be hitting up an Apple Store on the 24th though. Got birthday plans.

Sean Peisert

Yep, UTC & Fashion Valley! I’m guessing they’re aiming at the yuppie tech/biotech+UCSD crowd, which is great, but it isn’t like there aren’t a ton of other markets around the country like that, I’d think.

Where’s Sephoria in SF, Walt? Union Square? Is that on the side near Tiffany’s?

Walt Dickinson

It’s at the end of Stockton. At the intersection of Stockton, Market, 4th, and Ellis. Across the street from Old Navy, Virgin Megastore, and my office. =-)

Rachelle Bowden

if they could have combined the sephora store with the apple store.. hmm.. that would almost be my dream store..

Scott Yager

I won’t bother with iTunes for Windows unless I get an iPod in the future. I don’t see the point.

Kris Rzepkowski

Ugh. So far the installer has failed twice on my work Win2K machine. It fails right in the middle of putting Quicktime 6.4 on the machine. They should have installed the Mac OS onto my PC before I installed. That might have done the trick.

Mark Shewmaker

If only I had admin access…and a firewire port.

Cnet just gave Apple the Cnet’s Editors Choice award. Snippet:

“By offering flexible usage rights, high-quality tunes, and a simple pricing scheme, Apple iTunes Music Store successfully bridges the gap between laissez-faire file-swapping programs and for-fee music subscription services.”

Nick Runco

scott - it might be worth it to buy only some tracks that you like of different bands. i like to use it to find new bands, because of the preivew.

Scott Yager

Nick — that is a good point. I am having trouble finding new bands, so that would be a good reason.

I just downloaded iTunes, and I’m thrilled. I always liked winamp because it was so lightweight and easy to use, but iTunes is a whole lot more powerful. My last job used mac’s almost exclusively so its a breath of fresh air to have an easy to use peice of apple software on my pc :)

Kris Rzepkowski

I got it to work at home YEAH! It rules. I just wish it would install on my work PC.

Rachelle Bowden

when is this stupid pepsi nfl promotion going to end!? i want to win some free tunes!