Tutorial: All about iTunes [Origin and know-how]
The iTune Music Stores (iTMS) is a multimedia service provider affiliated with Apple. If you are a music lover and can’t do without new music, games and movies releases, here is something for you that you will love. You just need to have an internet connection to grab the exclusive music, movies, TV shows, millions and millions of Application (commonly referred to Apps)
Where do you find these stores: These stores are successfully operating in Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, and the United States.
Benchmarks: The domain of iTunes is vast.
In April 2007, Apple and EMI announced that EMI’s music would be available DRM-free version at twice the sound quality for $1.29 USD per track, in addition to the traditional DRM tracks for $0.99. Albums and music videos were made available without DRM with no change in price.
In September 2010 they sold…
10 billion songs.
125million TV shows.
7 million movies.
The contents: On October 12th, 2005, Apple announced Video sales through iTunes alongside the release of video-capable iPods. Apple offered over 2000 music videos, 5 television shows and 6 Pixar animated shorts. Each video cost $1.99 (US) each.
Now, they have gone a long ways providing movies of prominent international brand recognized movie maker like Disney and Paramount.
TV shows: ABC’s Lost, Desperate Housewives, and Night Stalker; Disney Channel’s The Suite Life of Zack and Cody and That’s So Raven, USA’s Monk; NBC’s Law and Order, The Office, Surface, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Late Night with Conan O’Brien and “vintage” shows Alfred Hitchcock Presents, Dragnet, Adam-12, and Knight Rider; Sci Fi’s Battlestar Galactica and Battlestar Galactica: The Miniseries.
Macworld San Francisco 2008: iTunes Movie Rentals were announced, with content available from Touchstone, Miramax, MGM, Lionsgate, Newline, Fox, Warner Brothers, Disney, Paramount, Universal and Sony. Library titles are available for $2.99 USD while new releases cost $3.99.
Distribution: Individuals cannot sell tracks directly through iTMS; Apple will deal only with record labels and distributors. Unsigned artists can get into the store through independent distribution services like CD Baby.
Limits: A credit card with a billing address in one of those above mentioned countries is needed to purchase songs from iTMS (iTune Stores), but the free services and song previews are generally available to all.
For further queries and interrogation you can always visit the official site: www.Apple.com.