Apple iTunes Hits 5 Billion Downloads, But Kid Rock Doesn’t Like That

Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) has announced today that they have sold over 5 billion songs on iTunes.  This even tops the amount of music that Wal-Mart has sold in all of their stores.  Currently iTunes has over 8 million songs in their library.  iTunes users are even renting/buying 50,000 movies per day.

iTunes movies are provided by 20th Century Fox, The Walt Disney Studios, Paramount, Warner Bros., Universal, Sony, MGM, Lionsgate, and New Line Cinema.  If you average $0.99 per song, that gives Apple close to $5 billion just on songs sold on iTunes.  Many people have iTunes installed solely because the software is needed to update iPods and iPhones.

This is great news for Apple, but is it great for the artists whose music is sold on iTunes?  Kid Rock doesn’t think so.  Kid Rock has decided to completely boycott iTunes.  iTunes is an ‘old system’  where iTunes takes the money, the record company takes the money, and they don’t give it to the artists, according to the Detroit native rock and roll singer.

When asking whether it is okay to steal music, Rock disagreed in a witty form.  I think we should level the playing field. I don’t mind people stealing my music, that’s fine. But I think they should steal everything. You know how much money the oil companies have? If you need some gas, just go fill your tank off and drive off, they’re not going to miss it.

This article was written by Amit Chowdhry. You can follow me at @amitchowdhry or on Google+ at

Apple iTunes Hits 5 Billion Downloads, But Kid Rock Doesn’t Like That Comments

  1. Steve says:

    What an idiot.
    If he didn’t have so much money, if he was struggling to pay bills, he’d be pretty upset if folks stopped paying him for his music.

    This is the problem with America today, we are popularizing the idea that it’s bad to have money and okay to take from those who are successful.

  2. Howard C says:

    Anyone taking advice from Kid Rock needs to have his head examined. Since when did rockstar wannabes’ become the spokesperson for all musicians?

  3. Amit Chowdhry says:

    Good point, Steve. But to Rock’s point, Radiohead is an excellent example of good things that can happen when you cut out the middle man.

    “Radiohead, which offered its latest album as free downloads last week, has seen 1.2 million downloads of ‘In Rainbows.’ With no label, no promotions, and direct access to fans, Radiohead gave up its music for free and asked for donations, whatever fans deemed reasonable, in return. What the band got was an average of $8 per album sold, bringing estimates of profit to about $10 million. Not too shabby for one week. The number of albums sold in the past week exceeded the launch week sales of its three previous albums combined.”

  4. Mike says:

    Rock *disagreed*, Steve. You missed the sarcasm.

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