As expected, Steve Jobs announced that iTunes is now available for Windows. I’ll have a detailed account Friday, but for now even if you don’t intend to buy any songs, it is worth downloading the free version of the program for Windows XP or 2000. Jobs called it the best program ever written for Windows.
They announced that there would 400,000 songs available by the end of month. 200 indie labels will be part of the music store. They’ve also added 5000 audiobooks and other spoken word programs from audible. Celebrity playlists from Dave Brubeck, Michael Stipe, Wynton Marsalis and other musicians are now available.
For any of the more recent iPod models which dock, there are new accessories including a $49 mic for voice recording (over 600 hours – four weeks – on a 40GB model) and a $99 media reader which allows you to plug in a memory card from a digital camera and dump the photos to the hard drive. If you have a mac, it will open them in iPhoto when you connect your iPod. There is also a software update for the iPod which includes these and other new features.
Apple’s goal is to have sold a total of 100 million songs by April 28th. To achieve that, they are partnering with AOL and giving away 100 million songs with Pepsi over a 2 month period kicking off with the SuperBowl. One in three Pepsi bottles will have a code for a free song.
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