Coolest Inventions: Invention Of The Year: The 99Â Solution

Steve Jobs' new Music Store showed foot-dragging record labels and freeloading music pirates that there is a third way

When Steve Jobs holds forth in public, it's usually to a mob of fawning Apple-ites--the true believers who still develop software and accessories for Apple products. Not so last month at the Moscone Center in San Francisco. This crowd was more mack daddy than Macworld. Bono, Mick Jagger and Dr. Dre made video appearances. Grateful Dead drummer Mickey Hart was in the audience. Sarah McLachlan sang her latest hits live. What was pulling these musical supernovas into Jobs' magnetic field? A software product that just might save their free-falling industry: the iTunes Music Store.

It's a disarmingly simple concept: sell songs...

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