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iTunes Music Store Sells 3.3 Million Songs in One Week

Users Post Over 20,000 iMixes in First Week

CUPERTINO, California—May 5, 2004—Apple® today announced that music fans have purchased and downloaded a record setting 3.3 million songs from its third generation iTunes® Music Store since its launch one week ago. Highlighting the popularity of its innovative new features, iTunes users have already published more than 20,000 iMixes, and those iMixes have been rated by fellow iTunes users over 50,000 times. In addition to the 3.3 million purchased songs, iTunes users have downloaded more than 500,000 free songs from popular artists including Foo Fighters, Avril Lavigne, Courtney Love, Annie Lennox, Jane’s Addiction, Counting Crows, Renee Fleming and Nelly Furtado during Apple's week-long “Free Song of the Day” anniversary promotion.

“Our third generation iTunes Music Store just blows away any other online music service,” said Steve Jobs, Apple’s CEO. “With over 700,000 songs and innovative features like iMix, it’s the easiest to use and most fun to use online music store in the world.”

The iTunes Music Store has revolutionized the music industry with its 99 cents-per-song pricing, free previews, one-click purchasing and downloading and groundbreaking personal use rights. In its first year, music fans have purchased more than 70 million songs, making it the number one online music service in the world with more than 70 percent market share of legal downloads for singles and albums.

The third generation iTunes Music Store features the industry’s largest online music catalog of over 700,000 songs from all five major music companies and over 450 independent music labels, as well as groundbreaking new features including:

The iTunes Music Store continues to lead the industry with exclusive tracks from more than 150 artists and offers dozens of out-of-print recordings from Motown Records and the exclusive digital music catalog of Walt Disney Records, including soundtracks from Disney’s classic animated films and Disney/Pixar’s computer-animated films. The iTunes Music Store also includes more than 5,000 audiobooks, online gift certificates, Apple’s patent-pending “Allowance” feature which lets parents automatically deposit funds into their kids’ iTunes Music Store account every month, Celebrity Playlists, iTunes Essentials and Billboard Charts.

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