Apple & AOL Launch iTunes/AOL Integration

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Apple and AOL have, at long last, launched their planned AOL/iTunes integration. The project was announced in October, and puts Apple directly in front of the many millions of AOL users. The deal basically puts an iTunes button next to any of the songs featured by AOL, and that button will launch iTunes and take the AOL user directly to that song within the iTunes Music Store (iTMS). From Apple:

America Online, Inc. and Apple today announced that AOL members can now preview, purchase and download songs available on AOL Music, the worldis number one music destination, by simply clicking an iTunes button placed next to featured tracks. The iTunes button will immediately launch Appleis iTunes Music Store, the worldis number one download music service, and automatically select the featured track for preview or one-click purchase and download. In addition, AOL members can use their AOL Wallet or card-on-file to conveniently purchase and download songs from iTunes. Starting today, AOL is also offering iTunes Music Store customers the opportunity to purchase exclusive and original music from its popular music programs Sessions@AOL and Broadband Rocks.

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"iMan on the Mooni is my favorite live song. This version turned out pretty well and a little different from what youid get at a concert," said Michael Stipe, lead singer for R.E.M. "I had a blast doing Sessions@AOL and hope you enjoy this little slice of it. Prep the iPods, here we come, and thanks for listening."

Select exclusive recordings from AOLis breakthrough original music programs, Sessions@AOL and Broadband Rocks, are available immediately on the iTunes Music Store. Intimate, in-studio recordings from Sessions@AOL include:

  • 50 Cent, "P.I.M.P."
  • Fleetwood Mac, "Landslide"
  • Toby Keith, "I Love This Bar"
  • R.E.M., "Man on the Moon"
  • Sarah McLachlan, "Fallen"
  • Jason Mraz, "The Remedy"
  • David Bowie, "Rebel Rebel"
  • Liz Phair, "Why Canit I"
  • Iggy Pop, "I Wanna Be Your Dog"
  • Jet, "Are You Gonna Be My Girl"
  • Obie Trice, "Got Some Teeth"
  • The Bangles, "Manic Monday"
  • Pink, "Trouble"

Select exclusive live performance tracks from AOLis concert series Broadband Rocks include:

  • Hilary Duff, "Come Clean"
  • Lou Reed, "Perfect Day"
  • Limp Bizkit, "Break Stuff"

You can find more information on the iTMS at Appleis Web site.

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