Apple Launches iTunes Music Store in Canada

Same Innovative Features & Breakthrough Price of 99 Canadian Cents Per Song

Dec 02, 2004, 00:00 ET from Apple Computer, Inc.

    CUPERTINO, Calif., Dec. 2 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Apple(R) launched its
 revolutionary iTunes(R) Music Store in Canada, giving music fans in Canada the
 same innovative features and breakthrough price of $.99 CDN per song that have
 made iTunes the number one online music service in the world. With Apple's
 legendary ease of use, pioneering features such as iMix playlist sharing,
 seamless integration with iPod(R) and groundbreaking personal use rights, the
 iTunes Music Store is the best way for PC and Mac(R) users to legally
 discover, purchase and download music online.
     "The demand across Canada for the iTunes Music Store has been
 overwhelming," said Eddy Cue, Apple's vice president of Applications. "We are
 excited to be able to offer music fans in Canada their own customized iTunes
 Music Store featuring many top Canadian artist exclusives."
     The iTunes Music Store in Canada features over 700,000 songs and dozens of
 exclusive tracks from a wide variety of leading worldwide artists, including
 songs from Alanis Morissette, The Tragically Hip, Sarah McLachlan, Auf Der
 Maur, Delerium, Black Eyed Peas, Chingy, Toby Keith, Diana Krall and 3 Doors
 Down. "Push" from Sarah McLachlan and "The Love Song" from K-Os are also
 featured as exclusive videos.
     With the same groundbreaking personal use rights as in the US and Europe,
 the iTunes Music Store in Canada gives users the ability to play songs on up
 to five personal computers, burn a single song onto CDs an unlimited number of
 times, burn the same playlist up to seven times and listen to their music on
 an unlimited number of iPods. The iTunes Music Store in Canada offers PC and
 Mac users the same innovative features including:
     -- "iMix," an innovative way for users to publish playlists of their
        favorite songs on the iTunes Music Store for other users to preview,
        rate and purchase. iMix creates a virtual iTunes community, enabling
        users to discover new music recommended by fellow music fans, rate
        iMixes published by other iTunes users and share iMix previews with
     -- "Party Shuffle," a dynamic playlist that automatically shuffles songs
        from a user's music library, displays just-played and upcoming songs,
        and allows users to easily add, delete and rearrange upcoming songs on
        the fly. Party Shuffle is the ultimate DJ at any gathering and a great
        way for users to get reacquainted with their personal music library;
     -- gift certificates from iTunes, allowing users to buy gift certificates
        to send via post or electronically; and now customers can buy and print
        color gift certificates right from their computer for the perfect last
        minute gift;
     -- more than 9,000 audiobooks which can be purchased with one click and
        listened to on any PC or Mac computer as well as on iPods. iTunes is
        the only digital music jukebox that allows users to seamlessly purchase
        audiobooks in the same easy way that they purchase music;
     -- "Artist Alerts," an email alert notifying users when music from one of
        their favorite artists has been added to iTunes;
     -- the ability to create and print stunning CD jewel case inserts for
        albums or compilation discs, combining album art and track lists using
        professionally designed templates. For compilation CDs, iTunes will
        automatically generate a mosaic of album covers based on the chosen
        songs; and
     -- automatic WMA to AAC conversion, enabling Windows users to
        automatically create iTunes versions of their songs encoded in
        unprotected WMA. Converting an entire music library into iTunes and
        syncing it onto iPod is now a snap.
     Pricing & Availability
     iTunes for Mac and Windows includes the Canadian iTunes Music Store and is
 available as a free download immediately from The iTunes Music
 Store in Canada works with the Canadian dollar, and purchase and download of
 songs requires a valid credit card with a billing address in Canada. Further
 information about iTunes or iPod can be found at
     Apple ignited the personal computer revolution in the 1970s with the Apple
 II and reinvented the personal computer in the 1980s with the Macintosh.
 Today, Apple continues to lead the industry in innovation with its
 award-winning desktop and notebook computers, OS X operating system, and iLife
 and professional applications. Apple is also spearheading the digital music
 revolution with its iPod portable music players and iTunes online music store.
     NOTE:  Apple, the Apple logo, Macintosh, Mac, Mac OS, iTunes and iPod are
 either registered trademarks or trademarks of Apple. Other company and product
 names may be trademarks of their respective owners.

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