Rethinking the iTunes Store

Macworld Podcast episode 349

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Mark your calendars because the iTunes Store has an anniversary coming up. Apple started selling music downloads on April 28, 2003—a business decision that seems to have worked out pretty well for the company considering that Apple has since sold more than 25 billion songs.

There’ll be time enough to reflect on the impact of the iTunes Store later this month. In this episode of the Macworld Podcast, I’m joined by executive editor Jonathan Seff and senior editor Dan Moren, as we reflect on another aspect of the store’s stellar growth over the past decade—the fact that the iTunes Store itself has gotten a little unwieldy in recent years.

And stick around after our iTunes discussion for some bonus talk, as Dan Moren fills us in on the iPhone 5 coming to T-Mobile.

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Show notes

Jon recently weighed in on the topic of iTunes Store improvements with an article on how Apple could fix the way purchases work. Another topic that comes up in our discussion—managing iTunes accounts—was addressed by Kirk McElhearn in an article on moving an iTunes account from one country to another. (Speaking of Kirk, if you’re the least bit interested in getting more out of iTunes, you should make his Ask the iTunes Guy column one of your regular reads.

As for the iPhone 5 arriving on T-Mobile on April 12, be sure to read Dan Moren’s explanation of which networks the current AT&T model of the iPhone 5 will work on. Dan also mentions a column he wrote on how the iPhone is changing the phone industry, which is certainly worth your time. And for more on how T-Mobile’s unsubsidized phone plan will work, there’s a good explanation of what T-Mobile’s new strategy means for wireless service contracts over at

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