The New York Times has lauded Apple's launch of the iTunes Music Store

In a report headlined 'Apple finds the future for online music sales', the paper says: "iTunes Music Store is first success story in the long effort to sell music over the Internet. Apple has sold three million songs in its first month of activity."

Looking at Apple's market share, the report explains that only one per cent of US home computers are Macs, and that just a fraction of these have broadband access.

"What is notable about the success of iTunes is that it has been achieved not by a music company but by a computer company. And this makes sense, because it was a computer solution that was needed, not a music one," says the paper.

It also examines Apple's move to disable the feature to share music collections online using IP over the Internet in response to unexpected activity by hackers.