Originally Posted by caliminius
Have you downloaded any of the free tracks? If so, go look at your iTunes account. As far as I can tell, those tracks are being counted as purchases in the system. The fact that the cost is $0.00 doesn't discount the fact that the iTunes Store is listing them as purchases.
Unless you have evidence that Apple is counting sings that they give away as songs that are purchased, in their numbers, you can't say anything about that. You are the one making that assertion, so you have to show some proof of it. In my quarterly reports Apple often mentions purchases of music. I'm confident that it's exactly what they mean.
I was asking the question as to how is Apple counting the free songs. Has Apple ever said they AREN'T counting the free songs as purchases? If they haven't, then you have no more knowledge of whether they are or not included in the 5 billion total. IF they are being counted, it could greatly skew sales figures in iTunes favor.
Thy don't have to state a negative, only a positive., If they were counting them, then they should state that.
In their financials, when they mention these numbers, they must state numbers that reflect income.
If I purchased that album at a store, it counts as one album. With the fact that it included 17 tracks, that iTunes purchase gets counted as 1.4 albums for iTunes. Which means a brick and mortar store has to sell 40% more of that album to equal iTunes artificial album count. A more extreme example would be the latest Janet Jackson album with its 22 tracks (even though one is all of 10 seconds in length). That equates to 1.8 albums, meaning the local Best Buy has to sell 80% more than iTUnes.
That's only sort of true. While it is true that we rarely see singles being sold anymore, they used to comprise a very large portion of music sales before the digital era. What's happening at Apple, and other download sites, it that music sales are going back to that early era of the "45". So counting songs is correct. The music companies are the ones who are so concerned about albums. no one else is.
So, sales are termed as "songs". The songs counts used for the music industry in calculating Apple's place. That makes sense, as few people buy albums from iTunes in comparison to song buyers (about one third), and this bothers the music industry. They want to see music sold in chunks.
The point is that the more tracks iTunes sells, the higher their album sales look. Bonus tracks for a brick and mortar store may help entice people to buy it from them, but they don't artificially inflate sales numbers like they do for the iTunes Store. If Target's version has 12 regular tracks and 12 extra tracks, it STILL only counts as one album. On iTunes, that would get counted as 2 albums. Do you see my point?
Except that Apple isn't saying that they sold some number of albums, they are counting by the song, so why do you keep bringing it up? You're the one counting by the album.