“Now for the first time millions of music fans on AOL, who watch their favorite artists perform in an intimate studio setting on Sessions@AOL, have the option to purchase the song digitally via iTunes and then download it right to their iPod,” said Evan Harrison, vice president and general manager, AOL Music.
“Apple and AOL are making it easy for AOL’s millions of U.S. subscribers to legally purchase and download music,” said Rob Schoeben, Apple’s vice president of Applications Marketing. “AOL members can now conveniently use their AOL screen names and passwords to log onto the iTunes Music Store and use their AOL Wallet or card-on-file to immediately purchase and download songs.”
AOL members who purchase songs from the iTunes Music Store will have the benefit of Apple’s groundbreaking personal use rights and 99 cents-per-song pricing, and access to online gift certificates for family and friends, an “Allowance” feature that lets parents automatically deposit monthly funds into their kids’ iTunes Music Store account and more than 5,000 audiobooks. The iTunes Music Store offers a catalog of more than 400,000 songs from all five major music companies and over 200 independent music labels.
“’Man on the Moon’ is my favorite live song. This version turned out pretty well and a little different from what you’d 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 AOL’s 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 Can’t 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 AOL’s concert series Broadband Rocks include:
- Hilary Duff, “Come Clean”
- Lou Reed, “Perfect Day”
- Limp Bizkit, “Break Stuff”
According to AOL’s recent Online Shopping Cities survey, music and video products top the list of planned online holiday gift purchases, with more than half of those surveyed planning to buy them. Sales of digital singles now outpace physical single sales by nearly a six-to-one margin, according to Nielsen SoundScan.*
AOL members can access the iTunes Music Store and more information at AOL Keyword: iTunes. Direct links to buy songs are being integrated throughout AOL’s music programming and products beginning today.
* Figures cited are for the week ending Dec. 14, 2003.
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