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Apple offers free taste of iTunes LP format with 'Holiday Sampler'

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Apple is promoting its new iTunes LP format with a free downloadable selection of 20 holiday songs from a variety of popular artists.

The free iTunes Holiday Sampler download includes a variety of artists from wide-ranging genres, such as Toby Keith, Weezer, Glasvegas, Barry Manilow, and comedian Stephen Colbert. The iTunes LP collects the songs from a variety of albums and compilations, with Christmas classics such as "The First Noel," "Silent Night, "Twelve Days of Christmas, and "O Holy Night."

First released in September, the unique iTunes LP format bundles an entire album with additional bonus content and accompanying graphics and design, all encased in an iTunes window. Apple reportedly created the format with the intent of spurring sales of entire albums, rather than just singles.

iTunes LP content, originally codenamed "Cocktail," is a multi-party collaboration between Apple and large record labels EMI, Sony, Warner and Universal. LP albums add audio, video, pictures, liner notes and more, exclusively to full-album purchases.

The iTunes Holiday Sampler includes lyrics for some of the songs, and album art showcasing what record the song was originally a part of. The winter graphics include falling snowflakes in the background.



Apple updated its Apple TV software to version 3.0 in October, bringing support for iTunes LP, as well as the movie bonus material iTunes Extras. With the update, users can view and play back iTunes LP content on their HDTV via the Apple TV.
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Apple really needed to do this; how is anyone supposed to trust that an LP is worth the cash if they have to shell out the cash just to find out? Good move on Apple's part, probably because they saw iTunes LP sales were slack for this very reason.
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So, anyone know if album sales have actually increased due to LP?
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post #4 of 56
What, no link to the sampler? =/
post #5 of 56
Good idea. Ive been curious about these.
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Originally Posted by AppleInsider View Post

Apple is promoting its new iTunes LP format with a free downloadable selection of 20 holiday songs from a variety of popular artists.


This is only available from the US store. I can't get this through the Canadian store. Pity.
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Originally Posted by PG4G View Post

Apple really needed to do this; how is anyone supposed to trust that an LP is worth the cash if they have to shell out the cash just to find out? Good move on Apple's part, probably because they saw iTunes LP sales were slack for this very reason.

Perhaps, but I never expected this to take off like wildfire. When this first appeared I first thought of an open standards format for print subscriptions to migrate over to the tablet and other devices easily. Then I thought about the one area of movie and TV downloads that have always been lacking: the Extras and DVD-like interface.

I think that the liner notes from CDs are the least compelling reason for this basic format. Sure, if you really love an artist/group you may get it but it will have to contain some original suff (which it apparently does) and it needs to have ALAC audio files (which it apparently doesnt).
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post #8 of 56
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Originally Posted by dagamer34 View Post

What, no link to the sampler? =/

http://itunes.apple.com/us/album/itu...affId=1503186#
post #9 of 56
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Originally Posted by Larry767 View Post

This is only available from the US store. I can't get this through the Canadian store. Pity.

If you happen to have a friend or family member in the US, get them to buy a gift card, send you the code and register it using their US address.
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Originally Posted by Larry767 View Post

This is only available from the US store. I can't get this through the Canadian store. Pity.

Yes, I really wish these article writers would remember that there's a world outside the US. I'm very excited about this announcement by Apple, but if it's US-only, it doesn't do me any good. \
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I think that the liner notes from CDs are the least compelling reason for this basic format. Sure, if you really love an artist/group you may get it but it will have to contain some original suff (which it apparently does) and it needs to have ALAC audio files (which it apparently doesnt).

No, the least compelling reason is the custom UI for every album. It's like myspace iTunes style.
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Something free from Apple?
Did hell freeze over again was it the Red Sea that parted?
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Yes, I really wish these article writers would remember that there's a world outside the US. I'm very excited about this announcement by Apple, but if it's US-only, it doesn't do me any good. \

As above (#9), or go to the Apple store in Lynnwood Washington and buy a gift card.
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Something free from Apple?
Did hell freeze over again was it the Red Sea that parted?

I see the Grinch is back.
post #15 of 56
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The iTunes Holiday Sampler includes lyrics for some of the songs, and album art showcasing what record the song was originally a part of. The winter graphics include falling snowflakes in the background.

Maybe I'm missing something obvious, but I downloaded the album and only seem to be able to play the tracks. How does one access the extra material?
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Originally Posted by Abster2core View Post

I see the Grinch is back.

Dr. Seuss would fit your level of reading comprehension, yes.
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Originally Posted by teckstud View Post

Dr. Seuss would fit your level of reading comprehension, yes.

Merry Christmas, Scrooge
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Originally Posted by wesley84 View Post

So, anyone know if album sales have actually increased due to LP?

Apple doesn't divulge that kind of line by line information- may prove too embarassing. But Apple is giving away something free which never happens- so you do the math.
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Maybe I'm missing something obvious, but I downloaded the album and only seem to be able to play the tracks. How does one access the extra material?

Access the iTunes LP, not the individual songs. It’ll have Various Artists under Artists if you click on your "Recently Added” Smart Album. Play the iTunes LP and you then get a webpage-like interface. Frankly, this one is pretty poorly done.
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Merry Christmas, Scrooge

Dicken's Scrooge is cool- number one at the iMax box office. And I am always being taunted by 3 scaryassed personas around here. So I get your point.
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I hope this works better on a computer - I downloaded this last night and played with it this morning on my AppleTV and it was a bit of a dog navigating through the different portions.

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Maybe I'm missing something obvious, but I downloaded the album and only seem to be able to play the tracks. How does one access the extra material?

If you purchased the album as a whole, you should have a "LP" 'track' with an icon that looks a bit like a book. Selecting that fires up the content.

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If you happen to have a friend or family member in the US, get them to buy a gift card, send you the code and register it using their US address.

I have done this with the Japan store. Just know that it requires an additional iTunes account (tied to a different email address than any existing accounts you may have) as well as an address local to the account's country - but you can simply look up a business address (or that of a friend) and use it...
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Originally Posted by teckstud: But Apple is giving away something free which never happens- so you do the math.

Gee, it's not like they give away free tracks every week.

(Hint: they do.)
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Originally Posted by djames42 View Post

I hope this works better on a computer - I downloaded this last night and played with it this morning on my AppleTV and it was a bit of a dog navigating through the different portions.

Im having issues clicking through the LP with a mouse on a modern Mac. There is something wonky going on.
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Dr. Seuss would fit your level of reading comprehension, yes.

I just looked it up.

grinch
noun informal
a person who is mean-spirited and unfriendly.

My apologies. To the real Grinch.
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Gee, it's not like they give away free tracks every week.

(Hint: they do.)

Starbucks does.
And those other tracks are free because who would buy them? SO yes you are correct. Apple has previously given away free dreck available on iTunes. But is it from Apple or the artist, label, etc? This is different.
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Originally Posted by teckstud View Post

Apple doesn't divulge that kind of line by line information- may prove too embarassing. But Apple is giving away something free which never happens- so you do the math.

Not true, iTunes has free items every week. This is just the first time they release an LP item for free.

Btw, they even have a section in the iTunes Store for such items `Free on iTunes`:
http://itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/M...fcId=328879919
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Originally Posted by djames42 View Post

I have done this with the Japan store. Just know that it requires an additional iTunes account (tied to a different email address than any existing accounts you may have) as well as an address local to the account's country - but you can simply look up a business address (or that of a friend) and use it...

I believe any US address works.
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Originally Posted by Abster2core View Post

I just looked it up.

grinch
noun [COLOR="grey"]informal[/COLOR]
a person who is mean-spirited and unfriendly.

My apologies. To the real Grinch.

If you have to look up the Grinch then I feel for you. I thought he was green. Did you go to the right source? Do you know how to use Bing or Google?
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Originally Posted by joeYYY View Post

Not true, iTunes has free items every week. This is just the first time they release an LP item for free.

Actually, they gave away the 'iTunes New Music Sampler' album (not in this new LP format, however), as well as various pilot episodes for TV shows.
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Actually, they gave away the 'iTunes New Music Sampler' album (not in this new LP format, however), as well as various pilot episodes for TV shows.

And exactlly how do you know it's not the artist or the label or the TV studio that's not offering those for free as opposed to Apple?
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Originally Posted by teckstud: Starbucks does.

and later...
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And those other tracks are free because who would buy them? SO yes you are correct.

Nice revisionism.
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Originally Posted by Dlux View Post

and later...

Nice revisionism.

But you forgot

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And exactlly how do you know it's not the artist or the label or the TV studio that's not offering those for free as opposed to Apple?

Nice ommission.
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And exactlly how do you know it's not the artist or the label or the TV studio that's not offering those for free as opposed to Apple?

By your same assumptions, how do you know this LP isn't from the various artists or studios on it?
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By your same assumptions, how do you know this LP isn't from the various artists or studios on it?

Don't bother.

Forum Troll is trolling.
post #35 of 56
For someone who hates Christmas music, but has to put something on stereo when the family comes, this solves a big problem. For free?

Well, okay.
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post #36 of 56
Good idea, extremely lame music.
post #37 of 56
Good idea, Apple. I downloaded it and now I have a feel for what these things are about.
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Good idea, extremely lame music.

Hey, it's Christmas music -- lame pretty much by definition. I'll settle for not totally offensive and annoying.
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And exactlly how do you know it's not the artist or the label or the TV studio that's not offering those for free as opposed to Apple?

In order for it to be free, the label must give up its cut of the sale price, and Apple has to give up its cut also. What's your point?
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Originally Posted by elroth View Post

In order for it to be free, the label must give up its cut of the sale price, and Apple has to give up its cut also. What's your point?

Tell the truth. You really don't care.
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