This week has seen a lot of money flying around, with big companies acquiring small ones. Among them, Apple snapped up a speech recognition app that few of us probably even heard of in the first place.
Buying music has always involved tough decisions. Rolling Stones or
Beatles? CD or LP? The mall or the indie record store with the cute
cashier? These questions have plagued music fans for decades, but the
iTunes Store changed everything. Thanks to its convenience, huge
catalog, and iPod-friendliness, iTunes now sells more music in the
United States than any other retailer, either online or
brick-and-mortar. But choices remain. iTunes competitors have sprung up
all over the Internet, clamoring for your dollars.