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Big Mac Attack

Apple gets down with music fans -- to the tune of millions.

More than 1 million songs were downloaded -- and, for a change, paid for! -- during the opening week of Apple's iTunes Music Store. ''The goal was to do a million a month,'' says Tom Whalley, chair/CEO of Warner Bros. Records. ''They thought that would take a couple months.'' More than half the downloads were complete albums, and the week's most popular single was an acoustic version of U2's ''Stuck in a Moment....'' But the control-freaky computer company hasn't yet released any more specific sales data about its 200,000-plus song library. So here's a little perspective...

2.5 million People sharing copies of the 50 Cent single ''21 Questions'' on unauthorized file-trading networks during the week of the iTunes Music Store launch

128,000 Copies legally sold of 50 Cent's Get Rich or Die Tryin' that same week to reach No. 1 on the charts

4.5 million Total unit sales of CD singles last year

5,000 First-day sales of Madonna's ''American Life'' single downloaded from her official website for $1.49 each

Music Choice poll calls Shatner's 'Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds'

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Music Choice poll calls Shatner's 'Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds' worst Beatles cover ever

Originally posted May 16, 2003 Published in issue #710 May 16, 2003 Order article reprints