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While piracy continues to threaten the music business, Apple Computer's iTunes Music Store is the digital hit of the year with 20 million 99-cent-a-song downloads since April. The thunderous response to iTunes helped push four other music services to market, with several more planned. But their initial success has been much more muted. The first to take on Apple was BuyMusic.com in July. It expected 1 million daily song downloads. "We're not achieving that at all," says BuyMusic CEO Scott Blum.
The artical forgot to mention that,
The DRM Apple uses seems quite fair compared to the wma-restriction.
The music you buy are yours, not a liciense to use. You can burn, Reformat , and never pay a subscription fee, just to listen in the future.
WMA, files are not yours, you must pay constantly just to listen to them!
Also, all the articles I read tend to make it sounds like itunes will only work with the ipod. Actually, you can burn a cd from the downloads you've purchased and then make mp3's from that cd that will work with any player that allows you to use the mp3 format.