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iTunes claims Napster victory - iTunes vs Napster

Apple has announced its iTunes online music store sold five times more songs than rival Napster's legitimate new service in its first week. Apple said consumers bought and downloaded 1.5 million songs during the same period that Napster reported selling 300,000 songs.

Napster re-opened for business in the US on 29 October after two years. The original service had 60 million users but was forced to close when record companies began legal action as the pioneering song-swapping service was accused of copyright infringements.

A legal version renamed Napster 2.0 is now available to US customers who must pay for downloading music. It is offering single tracks for 99 cents and albums for $9.95. There are no plans to launch in Europe. iTunes music store is also currently only available to US customers, but Apple plans to launch in Europe in 2004.

Apple quoted figures showing it had 80% of the market for legally purchased downloads last week. More than 17 million songs have been bought on iTunes at 99c each since the service was introduced in April. The iTunes software, which has the music store integrated into it, is now available for both Mac and, more recently, Windows users.

Last updated: 19/04/2018 15:06:46

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