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Chapter 1. Start Here > iTunes and iPod on the Mac and Windows

iTunes and iPod on the Mac and Windows

Many Mac users—and Windows users, too—were stunned when in April 2003, along with opening the iTunes Music Store, Apple released a version of iTunes for Windows. Perhaps it was an inevitability. Before that release, Apple had sold iPods that were labeled for use with Windows; they were formatted to use Windows FAT32 file system format rather than the HFS+ file system on the Mac. Without a Windows version of iTunes to use in synchronizing them, however, these Windows iPods were only half a product. Apple had endorsed the MusicMatch Jukebox software for use with its Windows iPods. This solution was adequate, but hardly ideal. Thus, when Apple's iTunes Music Store finally debuted, bringing with it the first feasible system for legitimate and legal music downloads backed by the major record labels, it stood to reason that Apple would have to support it on the Windows side as well.

This move has paid off well. Most agree that iTunes' success on the Windows platform is what has really driven Apple's rise to popularity in the digital music industry; after all, even the most generous estimates place the market share of Macintosh users at about 5% of the computer industry, far too small to make any real impact on its own. Thus, when Apple released the Windows version of iTunes, its goal was to tap the hugely dominant Windows market as well as the already saturated Mac market, and to solidify its own AAC music file format as a Windows standard as well as a Mac one. Even though Apple is the only company to use AAC, and iTunes and the iPod are the only products to support it, their ubiquity across both platforms suggests that the gamble has worked.


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