Music History

Published on June 17th, 2019 | by Alan Cross

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Weekly Survey: What’s the first thing you ever bought from the iTunes Music Store?

With all the ink devoted to Apple’s imminent execution of iTunes (on Macs, anyway; Windows fans will get to enjoy this bloatware for a little while longer), we’re getting all historic.

The iTunes Music Store made its debut in 2003 and has sold somewhere beyond 40 billion songs. At one point, it had 70% of the online market for paid music downloads.

To be clear, the iTunes Music Store is not going away. We’ll still be able to access it through the new breakout Music app, just like we can on iOS devices.

Here’s the question for the week: What’s the first thing you remember buying on iTunes? If you go to your song library, you can add a column for “purchase date,”order the songs based on that column, and boom! You have your iTunes purchase history.

Here’s mine, purchased at 10:12 am on November 13, 2005, shortly after iTunes opened up to Windows users.

Then at 10:20 am that same day, I bought this (and for the life of me, I can’t remember why):

What were your first purchases?





About the Author

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 30+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.


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