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Apple's new iTunes online music store is already a big success. More than two million songs have been downloaded in its first 16 days.
The online store has more than 200,000 songs, costing 99 cents each.
US, Macintosh only - for now
At the moment the service is only for people who have an Apple Macintosh and live in the United States.
iTunes for Windows is coming later this year, and in other countries as well.
Apple's online music store is the first to be a success. Most record companies have tried, but without success.
In the past Napster helped users exchange songs by having lists of songs that all users had on their computers. The users exchanged songs without paying. Napster is now closed after legal action.
Other song exchange services like Kazaa and Morpheus use lists on users' computers and users can find and download music. No legal action has been taken against them yet.
Already some Macintosh users have broken Apple's copy-protection software and begun to exchange songs online - without paying.
However, Reuters news agency says that at the moment Apple's iTunes is a great success.
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|Adapted by Chris Fry, May 2003 from||http://news.bbc.co.uk/go/pr/fr/-/2/hi/business/3029613.stm||© BBC MMIII Published: 2003/05/15|