Millions of Beatles tracks downloaded; Too much, too fast?

Millions of Beatles tracks downloaded; Too much, too fast?

Summary: Did Apple flood the music market with too much Beatles at one time?A post by The Guardian cites "industry observers" who have said that the group's catalog might have done better if the release of the albums and singles had been staggered, instead of offered in its entirety.

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Did Apple flood the music market with too much Beatles at one time?

A post by The Guardian cites "industry observers" who have said that the group's catalog might have done better if the release of the albums and singles had been staggered, instead of offered in its entirety.

Maybe that's true - but look at the one-week sales numbers, which is the real headline here. The Guardian cites music label EMI as reporting more than 450,000 Beatles albums and 2 million Beatles songs downloaded via iTunes in the first week.

Sure, those are big numbers. But there was a lot of pent-up demand and excitement around the deal to bring the catalog to iTunes. Sales would certainly spike. And they'll likely stay strong for a while, as lovers of the Fab Four fill out their collections.

Over time, the Beatles will become just another artist in the iTunes store, right alongside legends like Frank Sinatra or Elvis Presley. Not that that's a bad place to be.

Related: Apple finally brings Beatles to iTunes; does it matter?

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  • RE: Millions of Beatles tracks downloaded; Too much, too fast?

    df
    Gangme
  • RE: Millions of Beatles tracks downloaded; Too much, too fast?

    No.
    james347
  • The iPod People do as They are Told

    As all good Apple sychophants do when Apple says download, they download. Apple says buy, they buy. Apple says what a bunch of suckers, they say yes and We LOVE it! Cha-Ching for Apple and the Beatles (or their heirs).
    jpr75_z
    • Or you simply underestimate the number of Beatles fans. [nt]

      [nt]
      olePigeon
      • An Apple Hater not a God on all subject matter?

        @olePigeon

        Can't be.
        Bruizer
    • Seeing as the large majority of iTunes users run it on Windows..

      I'd guess you're just another mindless hater.
      zkiwi
    • RE: Millions of Beatles tracks downloaded; Too much, too fast?

      @jpr75_z <br><br>Back in the day, when those iPod and/or Apple people accused Windows apologists for being blindly married to an inferior experience (fear of backing a new betamax dinosaur, no apps, marginal, etc.) it wasn't a big deal in many technology circles. Consumers went along for the ride. Sad. Now that Apple's gained traction and has been successful in many areas, any milestone or event now becomes interpreted by some as mindless compulsion on the part of the consumers. I can see where some may think that. They truly offer many compelling services and products. Not everything is swallowed though. They have failures and marginal successes. The "all-in" appearance is created by the astounding number of home runs they churn out.<br><br>As with any technology service provider, you have the right to choose. No one is forcing you. Plenty of companies had the time and ability to make iTunes, iPod, iPhone and iPad. Some of them even had billions of dollars in which to do it. The point is that none of them did. Linux is out there for free. Why are none of the OEMs seriously adding value to that vanilla and creating their own experiences? Apple did it with UNIX and was much smaller than many of the PC manufacturers of the 90s when they did. The answer is philosophy.<br><br>No one should apologize for choosing to use a superior product or service and if they feel they can do better, then they absolutely should. The problem is not that Apple exists and offers their own ecosystem of solutions, but that no one else does it nearly as well. The problem is frankly that the world needs more Apples! ...not to try to tear Apple down or berate its satisfied customers.<br><br>When you create something productive, let us all know.
      ShamooToo
    • RE: Millions of Beatles tracks downloaded; Too much, too fast?

      @jpr75_z

      Don't think so. I've got iTunes and a Droid X and I didn't download any Beatles. Then again I'm a little younger and the Beatles are just another "OldieS Band" to me.
      itguy08
  • RE: Millions of Beatles tracks downloaded; Too much, too fast?

    I Have 19,000 songs in my iTunes collection, I already had a lot of Beatles but I still bought a couple of tracks, I like to support my artists.
    hfsma
  • RE: Millions of Beatles tracks downloaded; Too much, too fast?

    The people have spoken with their dollars, pounds and rupees. The Beatles are still relevant.
    Monkeypox
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