No Tunes For You: iTunes Store Gags on Christmas Download Traffic

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Okay, so now we see why iTunes sales numbers allegedly plummeted 65% since January of this year: Forrester Research wasn't counting Christmas Day, when everyone who just got an iTunes gift card or shiny new iPod decided to download their favorite songs and videos at precisely the same time.

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Online market researcher Hitwise said more than four times as many people (413%) visited the iTunes store this Christmas than the same day last year. All that traffic brought the site to its knees early this week, tossing out error messages to some while others were able to download music without incident.

Apple might want to consider other methods of moving digital content to customers if it's ever going to consider HD movie downloads. BitTorrent anyone?

Music denied — shoppers overwhelm iTunes [CNN]

DISCUSSION

We just need to invent some type of removable media that can store digital music, and this music media could be sold at various stores to avoid having internet traffic jams. Better yet, we could make that digital music DRM-free and have a better bit-rate than music downloads, and people would happily pay a little bit more for these 'albums' of music. Although, it is surprising that something like this had not been invented previously.