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  • War of the Worlds

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    • Jeff Wayne
    • With the new movie adaptation of H.G Wells' classic Sci Fi invasion tale, War of the Worlds, currently on theater screens everywhere, there's new interest in Jeff Wayne's rock opera version, and it is
  • Go Away White

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    • Bauhaus
    • Go Away White is an album I've been waiting more than 20 years to hear, and the good news is that it was worth the wait.  The latest -- and last, no...for real this time -- album from

  • Aretha Sings the Blues

    • 6 out of 10
    • Aretha Franklin
    • While she didn't always have the best taste in song selection, Aretha Franklin is a must-study for anyone with interest in the human voice. She has the kind of powerful, recklessly passionate deliv

  • The Dresden Dolls

    • 10 out of 10
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    • 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

  • Haunted

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    • Dropping like a bomb on some of the blah musical offerings of her contemporaries, Haunted was one of the best albums of 2000, obliterating the competition.

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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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