iTunes climbs over Wal-Mart

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“Can anyone not see a day when iTunes passes Wal-Mart? ” I wrote that last month in a post about iTunes playing second fiddle to Wal-Mart. Today, the news comes that there is a change in the #1 position for music sales, and that leader is iTunes. Apple sent out an email yesterday to employees that was promptly forwarded to our friends at ars technica.

A couple of things to watch out for here, one the data is based on a survey, not point of sale. Two, 13 year olds and under don’t count.

Much has been said about downloads vs. physical CD sales so I won’t belabor the point. I think we can all rejoice in the fact that we are no longer forced to buy the fluff tracks just to hit that 12 or 13 song number. An instrumental, really? These “fast forward fodder” tracks will not be missed by me.

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