Inside Scoop: Apple sells out conference, celebrates milestoneApple just sold out its June developers conference in record time, and it's celebrating the 10th anniversary of the iTunes Store. In this Inside Scoop, CNET's Kara Tsuboi and Josh Lowensohn discuss WWDC's popularity and just how many songs have been downloaded...
-Hey, everyone. Welcome to the Inside Scoop. I'm CNET's Kara Tsuboi, joined by CNET's Josh Lowensohn and we are just checking in with Josh to get the latest update on Apple news. And josh, it sounds like the big thing going on right now is this crazy interest in WWDC, the Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference coming up in June. It's been going on for years but why so much interest this year? -Well, it's really the only time of year that Apple holds a conference for new developers, the rest of the time it's just gonna press events. So, they really kinda get hands-on experience, they get time to ask questions with engineers over there in Apple staffers but it's also really all about Keynote, that's when they unveil new stuff. They've shown off new iPhones there, they've shown off new versions of iOS and Mac OS 10, new hardware, it's really kind of their chance to be a part of that with what the press usually get. -And what kind of demand are we looking at this year? -So, typically they have about 5,000 attendees and all those people signed up immediately until this morning and it sold out in two minutes, which is just crazy. Took two hours last year. -Incredible. -Yeah. -These tickets aren't cheap either. -No, they're $1600 and you already need to be registered wit Apple as a developer which means you need to usually pay about 100 bucks on top of that. So, it's a huge benefit for that. But it also, you know, it's expensive, they have to rent Moscone West for an entire week. -You listed some of the announcements that have come in previous years. Are we expecting something huge from Apple this year that will drive up demand like this? -It's really safe to expect just software, which doesn't sound very exciting but Apple has already said they're gonna show off new version of OS 10 and iOS, so that's for the Mac and for their iPhone and iPad, things like that. They showed off iOS 6 there last year. We got it about 3 months later. They're kinda behind on OS 10, it seem. So, we can see both of this kind of come in together for the public just a couple of months after that. -But still, this isn't where we're going to seal like an Apple Watch of an Apple TV set, finally. This is just-- -No. -incremental software. -The key thing to remember is that they're doing this for developers. It's really to kinda give them an early chance to build stuff and get used to new platforms so they can really kind of get their apps and software ready to go. For the more consumerist, they tend to hold their own events. So, I would expect something like a watch or a TV to be separate. -Okay. -It doesn't mean that there won't be a surprise. They've done hardware there before. Last year they did a Retina MacBook Pros and like I said before, they have the iPhone. -Sure. -There's always like a little bit of surprise. -Okay. Well, speaking of popular software, this weekend does mark the 10-year anniversary of iTunes. That's pretty amazing. -Yes. The iTunes Store. -iTunes Store. -So, iTunes itself is you know, 12 years old, going on 13 but the iTunes Store is turning 10 on Sunday, -Wow. -which is just crazy. -Yeah. The 10 years has gone by so fast. -Yeah. -Do you have any idea how many downloads in the last 10 years? -Yes. So, they've announced that 25 billion songs sold, -Gosh. -which is just nuts. So, I think that works out to 15,000 songs per second on average. It's just-- it's nuts and it's becoming their 4th largest business just behind Mac's. -Wow. -Yeah. -And so it's continuing to grow. It hasn't stolen out, [unk] competitions. -No. It's growing a lot and a lot of that is just because of apps. It's kind of funny we do the Math and if you actually take the expected revenue just from iTunes alone, it's more than 3 times as large as Yahoo did all year. -Oh. -So, it's not a small thing. -Apple seems to be making money hand over fist these days. -They're doing okay. -They are. Thank you so much, CNET's Josh Lowensohn. I'm Kara Tsuboi and you've been watching the Inside Scoop.