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Apple PC iTunes hits 1 million downloads


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SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) -- Apple Computer Inc. said that computer users had downloaded more than one million copies of its iTunes digital jukebox software for Windows since its launch Thursday, and that a total of one million digital songs had been purchased at 99 cents in that time.

That compares with 1 million songs sold in the first seven days when it introduced the original iTunes for Mac users, according to Apple co-founder and Chief Executive Steve Jobs.

"We're off to a great start, and our competition isn't even out of the starting gates yet," Jobs said in a statement Monday.

The latest million-song milestone includes both Mac and Windows iTunes sales, however, meaning that the exact number of songs bought just by Windows users remains unclear.

Apple, based in Cupertino, California, last week unveiled in San Francisco, in a characteristically glitzy presentation, the Windows version of its popular iTunes software, with Apple's online music store integrated into the program.

Apple said that 14 million songs have now been bought and downloaded since the original, Mac-only iTunes software and music store launch in April.

Along with last week's launch of iTunes and the music store for Windows, the software now allows for buying and sending gift certificates and setting up "allowance" accounts for children whose parents don't want to give them access to a credit card number.

Jobs last week set a goal of selling 100 million songs by April 28, 2004, one year from the launch of the innovative and easy-to-use service. To help meet that goal, Apple also announced a promotion with PepsiCo Inc. starting in February in which 100 million winning bottle caps on certain Pepsi drinks grant the winner a free song.

Apple also last week announced a partnership with Time Warner Inc.'s America Online AOL to make it easier for the Internet service provider's 25 million users to sign up for and use Apple's online music store. Time Warner is the parent company of CNN.com.



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