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Ever since I have had my very first iPod back in 2003, I have always been in love with iTunes.  Now, that has somewhat changed for me; Rhapsody, Limewire, Napster, WinMX, etc. have been competing with iTunes in the music industry to let people know that they have found ways for iPod/Apple junkies like us to not really spend a buck or two on music.  Most of the electronics stores like Best Buy, Circuit City (R.I.P.), and, of course, the Apple Store, and even in local supermarkets had been selling iTunes gift cards in $15, $25, and $50 increments, but is that $25 or $50 really that worth it just to purchase music off iTunes?  I am pretty sure that most of you may have heard that Apple had attempted to make revenue by jacking up the price of some of the songs from $.99 to $1.29.  To me, it felt like when I tried to purchase $50 worth of songs for $.30 more a pop, I did not actually purchase all $50 songs at $.99 like it used to be.  Why would Apple do this?  Again, it is all about revenue.  So let me ask you this one more time, is iTunes really worth the $.99 or $1.29? 

What else had made iTunes change drastically within the past few years?  Better yet, who else had made iTunes change drastically within the past few years?  Certain artists, bands, and/or music labels are certain examples that, in my humble opinion, do not really take the time to think about their fans or listeners.  Take, the Beatles for example:  A lot of their “fans” have been listening to their music all the way since the days they had appeared on the Ed Sullivan Show back in 1964, but now, 46 years have passed.  I remembered reading this article back in 2008-2009 that both Apple, the manufacturer for the Macs, and Apple Records, the Beatles’ signature record label back in 1968, tried to settle a dispute between them to figure out what they should have done in terms of trying to have the Beatles’ fans and listeners to purchase their music off the iTunes marketplace.  This had been going on for quite a while now, and I still have not seen any sign of peace and love (as John Lennon would have put it) between the two companies.  Where am I going with all this?  I believe that it would be a much better idea for Apple and iTunes to just settle this contest once and for all with those record companies, and if they cannot deliver some peace and quiet for every single one of iTunes’ users, then I think that iTunes should just shut down, and have Apple take over Napster or the like. 

iTunes really have changed within the past few years, and to this point, I am very unpleased about what had been going on.  My ultimate question is:  Why would Apple and iTunes do this to us?  Do they really want to lose all of its customers?  I am not sure how other iTunes users would answer this, but I will always respect their opinions; my answer, though, would be a definite “yes.”  The only upside to all of these shenanigans is that if you have lost all of your songs, or if your iTunes library had been wiped out (like mine had for the past couple of months), only the songs, applications, etc. that you have purchased from iTunes will be restored back to your iTunes library; as far as your songs from your ripped CDs, you will have to start all the way back from square one. 

So, to get back to my question from earlier, “Is iTunes really worth the $.99 or $1.29 to spend on just one song?”  Well, that depends on one of two factors:  If it is a song that you really like, and it is priced at $.99, then I would say go for it; if it is priced at $1.29 a song, you might be better off just ripping it from your CD, if you still have it lying around in your room somewhere.