Is iTunes For Windows Too Late?
from the bashing-Apple dept
As Apple gets ready to launch iTunes for Windows this week, Reuters has gone hunting for some analysts to quote saying that, due to the various other Windows-based iTunes-wannabes digital music download services, iTunes may be too late for the Windows market. While it certainly would have helped if they had been first, I don’t think it’s that big of a deal that they’re late. The other services have all launched very recently, and it doesn’t sound like anyone has really been going crazy over the other services. iTunes has a ton of brand name recognition, and Apple is already thrilled at how much iTunes is helping them sell more iPods, rather than just focusing on the music sales. Of course, that doesn’t mean another service couldn’t beat iTunes – but as long as all of them are basically offering nearly identical offerings, it’s just going to be a marketing battle to see who wins.
Comments on “Is iTunes For Windows Too Late?”
Isn’t iTunes the only service that works with iPods?
All the others use that WMP 9 digital licensing nonsense, AFAIK.
Difference in usage conditions
I thought, iTunes had the most fair “terms of usage” of all the services out there. But then again, I haven’t really been following this stuff that closely.
Misses the point
No surprise they had to dig up Enderle, or that he misses the point.
If Apple has sold 2MM songs, and nets $.10 each, that’s only $200K over six months or so, hardly nudging their bottom line.
However it is a driver of iPod sales…and that drive’s Apple’s bottom line.
It really is too little too late. They should have rolled it out for PC’s at the same time as they did for macs. Yet another example of Apple pissing away 92% of it’s potential market.