Peter Lowe, Apple’s director of marketing for Applications and Services, says that the company believes that subscriptions are the “wrong path” for online music services and that Windows compatibility with the iTunes Music Store is still planned for this year, according to
a Paidcontent.org article. The Apple rep was speaking at the Jupiter Plug.IN Conference & Expo, which was held July 28-29, 2003 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in New York City.
Lowe said that the Windows version of the iTunes Music Store will launch before year’s end. According to the Paidcontent.org article, the Apple rep also said that:
The first independent artists on the digital music store have arrived;
46 percent of all iTunes songs have been sold as albums;
Apple has sold 300,000 new iPods since the launch of the iTunes Music Store.
“The way to go after illegal file sharing services is to compete with them, go after their weaknesses,” Lowe is quoted by Paidcontent.org as saying. “The reason why people used these services is instant gratification; for most of the people who use file sharing, it is more about flexibility and not about free. We aim to take advantages of weaknesses of illegal sharing services — unreliable encoding, bad connections, no previews, the wrong music, no album cover art, and at the end of the day, it is stealing.”
Now in its 8th year, the Jupiter Plug.IN Conference & Expo is attended by music executives, artists, and analysts for debate and in-depth analysis into the business opportunities and legal issues surrounding the digital music scene.