TunesTracker is a site that provides info about what's new and hot at the iTunes Music Store. You can pick your favorite artists and sign up to get updates via e-mail or RSS. There's also a news page that acts as a portal to other sites with iTunes info (including this one).
Peter Jennings of ABC News interviewed Bill Gates and talked about a bunch of technology issues, including this exchange:
JENNINGS: On the subject of music, I read somewhere that about 80 percent of Microsoft employees who have a music playing instrument or a music playing device use an iPod.
GATES: Well, I doubt that's the case. Certainly, the iPod's a great success.
JENNINGS: Do you have one?
GATES: No, I'm not an iPod user. I use the Creative Zen which is a fantastic product. That's another space where, even what we have today, whether it's iPod or the other things are only the start of what we're gonna have in a few years. People are gonna want choices. These things are going to be smaller or better, cheaper. So, music has changed. The age of the CD is really coming to an end.
JENNINGS: The public likes this tension between you and the others as I'm sure you know. So people want to know do you have an iPod. You say you don't have. Did iPod beat you in this issue?
GATES: Oh the iPod did a great job, but what Apple's done there is typically what they do. It's their, only their one music store, only their device. What we're doing is providing choices. So it's like the Apple computer versus the PC. With the PC you can buy from many companies so you get cheaper prices, you get more variety and here with music devices we're coming in with the same. But they're a strong leader in the space and I think as we gain share, people will be surprised.
JENNINGS: But, it isn't hard for you is it to stand back and compliment somebody else?
GATES: No, particularly Steve Jobs who's done a lot of amazing things in our business.
The iTunes Music Store has another free album available: the iTunes New Music Sampler (Atlantic/Lava Edition). Click here to open iTunes and go to the album, where you can click Get Album to download it for free.
The previous free sampler is still available here.
No doubt you've heard the fuss about Napster To Go. This is the new extension to Napster's subscription service: pay $15 a month for access to the Napster catalog and you can download the songs to your portable player. The service doesn't work with Macs, iPods, iTunes, or even most non-iPod music players. If you ever stop paying for the subscription, the music stops working. This is the kind of service we were all shunning way back before the iTunes Music Store launched.
As usual, all the discussion of iTunes vs. Napster ignores one of Apple's greatest strengths: no software/music player combo is easier to use than iTunes and iPod.