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Apple Sells More Than 1 Million SongsiTunes service to add 3,200 new tracks to library; iPod sales soar
Apple launched its music service last week, offering users the ability to purchase AAC-encoded audio on a per track basis for $0.99 each. The service offers a license that allows users unlimited CD backups, unlimited transfers to Apple iPod devices and listening on up to three individual Macintosh computers. According to Apple, more than half of the songs sold in the service's first week were purchased as entire albums. Also, more than half of the songs offered on the service were purchased at least once.
In a related story, Apple says it has received orders for more than 110,000 of the company's third-generation iPod music listening devices. These new devices were also introduced a week ago.
Apple's iTunes Music Store is currently available only for Macintosh. A Windows version of the service is expected to launch by the end of the year. For more information, visit http://www.apple.com.
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