iTunes Music Store

By Deane Barker on July 5, 2004

I used the iTunes Music Store for the first time today. I actually didn’t want to install it, but Apple is bundling it with QuickTime these days, so you have to get one to get the other. Then my wife, Annie, heard about it, and she wanted to try it.

It was a great experience. It’s pretty much a matter of creating an account, finding a song, then clicking “Buy Song.” You can even surpress the “Do you really want this song?” warning so you can just click with wild abandon, racking up $0.99 charges right and left.

The real test came when I taught Annie how to use it (because, you know, you can never have enough Celine Dion). She took to it right away. The search has a spellcheck feature, which is handy when trying to spell “Alanis Morrissette,” and the idea of double-clicking a song to hear a clip is very intutive.

Annie doesn’t know the names of any of the songs she likes, but she knows what they sound like, so she just kept double-clicking until she heard what she wanted, then she hit “Buy Song.”

The only glitch we ran into was that we first fired it up under my Windows account, logging into iTunes as Annie. Now, when we open iTunes under Annie’s Windows account, again logging in to iTunes under her account, none of the “Purchased Music” we bought under my Windows account is there. For some reason, the purchased music is tied to a specific Windows account, not an iTunes account. I’m not quite sure what to do about this — if you know, drop me a line.

Some music isn’t available as single tracks, for some reason. For instance, Annie wanted a song off the De-lovely soundtrack, but it was marked “Album Only.” Depressing, but I’m sure there’s some high-powered business reason for it.

We haven’t tried burning anything to a CD yet, but when I do, I’ll let you all know how it goes. Hats off to Apple — iTunes is a great piece of work.



  1. Congrats Deane. That only took you nearly a year to try it out.

    Your purchased music is tied to your local user. It’s looking in your iTunes directory in your My Music directory to see what has been purchased. It’s not looking at your iTMS account with Apple to see what you have purchased. Burning is a snap. It just works. Make sure you have your preferences set to burn as audio cd and not mp3 and you’ll be fine.

    Once you start using it, you’ll start to understand the hype behind the iTunes Express device they announced last month. Plug the little box in behind your stereo, connect it to an available input and stream your playlists from your PC. Slick.

  2. So, can I just move the iTunes directory from my My Music folder to Annie’s? I need to get the one song we purchased under my Windows account over to hers.

  3. Yes, you can just move the files over. You may need to authorize the other account to play the music.

    iTunes has taught me that I have very little musical taste. I have purchased such an ecletic grab bag of music. that I hardly have any idea of what I like to listen to any more.

  4. Now you just need to take the true plunge and get the wife an iPod. This can be your first endevor into the Apple family without the riducule of your PC based friends…like me. You will never buy another discman again.

  5. “Now you just need to take the true plunge and get the wife an iPod.”

    Once you’ve got the iPod, then you’ve got an additional justification for buying that shiny new BMW. “But it’s the only car with built-in iPod support!”

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