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  • The Dresden Dolls

    • 10 out of 10
    • The Dresden Dolls
    • The energetic duet of Amanda Palmer and Brian Viglione that make up the Dresden Dolls have created a wonderfully haunting sound in their self-titled album. They have been able to construct an imme

  • Album Of The Year

    • 10 out of 10
    • Brother Love
    • Killer grooves, catchy riffs, edgy vocals with oh-so-just-right layered harmonies, and a drive that will move even YOU out of your chair, Brother Love's initial release is what rock and roll should be
  • The Printz

    • 8 out of 10
    • Bumblebeez 81
    • Part white rap, part alternative, part pop, and part rock, the Bumblebeez grabbed a hold of me with "Pony Ride," and didn't let go.

      This group does a marvelous job of moving seamlessly be

  • Cocked & Loaded

    • 8 out of 10
    • Revolting Cocks
    • It's hard to believe it's been more than a decade since Ministry founder and front man Al Jourgensen's side project Revolting Cocks released any new material. 2006 brings us Cocked and Loaded

  • The Last 5 Years (2002 Off-Broadway Cast)

    • 10 out of 10
    • Jason Robert Brown
    • The soundtrack to this moving off-broadway musical is heart moving. The lyrics follow a couple in a relationship for five years, one point of view going forward in time, and the other tracing time fr

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A Look at iTunes Store Financials

The conventional wisdom is that Apple makes almost nothing on the iTunes Store and that all its profits come from the sale of hardware. That may no longer be true, according to Billboard in its latest issue.

With some assumptions, the iTunes Store had an estimated gross profit of US$570M in 2007. Then, Ed Christman took look at expenses and made some estimates compared to a similar business, Amazon. The conclusion was that it’s hard to explain away a considerable amount of net profit, perhaps as much as US$390M.

"Yet, top distribution executives argue that Apple spends more on marketing the iTunes store than Amazon does. They also suggest that iTunes’ technology costs are higher than Amazon’s because all of its business has to go one extra step to provide for the download, in addition to supplying product information, placing purchases in a cart and getting credit card information," Mr. Christman wrote.

"Still, it seems that even with those higher costs, iTunes is now profitable on an operating basis," Mr. Christman concluded.

While Apple doesn’t always divulge every financial detail of its operations, sometimes, with some digging and comparison to other companies, one can analyze all the numbers that are available, albeit with some assumptions, and reach a tentative conclusion. One can disagree with the assumptions and analysis, but the exercise in itself can lead others who have additional data to yet further research and refinement.

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