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
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
Users now have the rights to play songs purchased from
iTunes on five personal computers, two more than
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
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.