Apple put out the word on Monday that this Wednesday, Apple CEO Steve Jobs will hold a conference call to discuss the first anniversary of the iTunes Music Store and to update the media on what’s happening. The call — directed at accredited media and industry analysts only — happens at 8:30 AM PDT or 11:30 AM EDT on Wednesday, April 28, 2004.
It will be one year ago Wednesday when Apple first took the wraps off the iTunes Music Store in a special event held in San Francisco, Calif. The online commercial music download store first debuted as a service only accessible to users of iTunes 4 running Mac OS X.
By October, Apple had introduced Windows compatibility along with a “second generation” iTunes Music Store that offers access to Audible.com audiobooks, gift certificates, allowances, Billboard lists and much more. The iTunes Music Store works in tandem with the iPod, which has set record unit sales levels for Apple’s past two financial quarters.
This past March Apple noted that iTunes Music Store downloads topped 50 million songs. Jobs had stated his desire to see the iTunes Music Store sell 100 million songs by the service’s first anniversary, which has left some to wonder if Apple has a chance to get close to its number, despite efforts like the giveaway of up to 100 million songs by Pepsi in a promotion launched this past February.