HAPPY BIRTHDAY iTUNES!

Lots of new services and free stuff...

iTUNES celebrates its first birthday today (April 28) with the launch of new download services and free MP3s.

Music fans have bought more than 70 million tracks on the service over

the past 12 months and to celebrate, Apple is launching the

third generation iTunes Music Store, featuring a catalogue

of 700,000 songs from across major and independent record labels, and some brand new features.

‘iMix’ allows users to publish the playlists of their

favourite songs for other users to preview, rate and purchase, creating a

virtual community of downloaders.

‘Party Shuffle’ is a new playlist that automatically

chooses songs from a user’s music library, displays just-played and upcoming

songs and lets users rearrange them on the move.

The Music Store now has radio charts collected together

from more than 1,000 radio stations, allowing users to buy directly from the

charts.

A new Music Video section features more music videos

than before and a Movie Trailer section with the most

popular film trailers and links to buy songs from the soundtrack or

audiobooks.

Users now have the rights to play songs purchased from

iTunes on five personal computers, two more than

previously.

To thank iTunes users, who are currently buying 2.7

million songs a week, Apple is giving customers a free

track everyday for the next eight days from artists who have helped make the

service a success. These includeCourtney Love, Foo Fighters, [/a] and[a].

Also starting today, the Music Store will offer dozens

of out-of-print recordings from Motown Records, including

the first 45 singles and 45 rare albums from the Motown

archive available digitally for the first time.