It’s a big 1-0 for everyone’s “favorite” music manager, which has evolved far beyond its humble Rip, Mix, Burn origins to become the digital hub for a new generation of digital devices. Happy birthday, iTunes, and here’s hoping that you make it out of your adolescence wiser and more mature.
Also this week: The results of Apple’s most recently concluded fiscal quarter are in the books, and while the company continued to make money hand over fist there are some troublesome signs for analysts: eroding margins and the possibility of the high-end smartphone market (where the iPhone owns the roost) starting to squeeze.
Apple’s response, in part, is to return more cash to its shareholders (via dividends) and repurchase outstanding shares. Apple’s even getting into the debt markets to finance these programs, rather than repatriating overseas profits and facing a hefty tax bill.
We’ll talk iTunes’ 10th birthday, the quarterly reports and the rest of the week’s news (including a look ahead to this week’s TechCrunch Disrupt conference in New York) tonight at 10 pm ET on the Talkcast. Join us!
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Talkcast tonight, 7pm PT/10 pm ET: iTunes turns 10, quarterly results originally appeared on TUAW – The Unofficial Apple Weblog on Sun, 28 Apr 2013 18:30:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.