From its introduction in April of 2003, the iTunes Music Store has changed the way we buy and listen to music. Some say for the better, some say for the worse, but no one can downplay its importance.
I tend to waffle on the subject. Although I still buy CDs (and even LPs when the band warrants it), I won’t deny the convenience of digital downloads, and the bulk of my music purchases are now through iTunes, not Amazon or Best Buy. I know how I feel about the iTunes Music Store, and I know how the tech media and industry suits feel, but I’m mostly intrigued about how musicians feel; how those who (hopefully) make their living on their music weigh in on digital content distribution, piracy, and whether Steve Jobs killed the music industry, as Jon Bon Jovi claims.
So, in this series of articles, Appletell will talk with musicians about the birth of iTunes, the death of the CD, the life and afterlife of the LP, and plenty more.