“We’re excited to offer Bob Dylan fans this dynamic package through iTunes,” said Steve Barnett, chairman of Columbia Records. “Dylan fans are going to be really excited to have the opportunity to pre-order the new album and have access to concert tickets before they go on sale to the public.”
“Bob Dylan is one of the most respected poets and musicians of our time, and he is a personal hero of mine,” said Steve Jobs, Apple’s CEO. “Being able to offer his new album and the exclusive box set of his works on iTunes is a real thrill for us.”
“Modern Times,” set for release on August 29, has already been heralded by critics as, “Epic. Heartbreaking. Dynamic. Apocalyptic,” and “Another classic from the revitalized master.” The iTunes special edition of “Modern Times” includes five Bob Dylan videos: “Cold Irons Bound” (shot live on the film soundstage during the making of “Masked & Anonymous”), “Blood In My Eyes,” “Things Have Changed,” “Love Sick” (from the 1998 Grammy Awards), and the iTunes exclusive “Jokerman.” The iTunes exclusive Bob Dylan digital box set entitled “The Collection” includes every song from each of his studio albums and “The Bootleg Series” releases, plus 42 rarities. Also included with “The Collection” is a special digital booklet featuring liner notes from Grammy Award-winning writer, Tom Piazza.
With Apple’s legendary ease of use, pioneering features such as integrated video and podcasting support, iMix playlist sharing, seamless integration with iPod® and groundbreaking personal use rights, the iTunes Music Store is the best way for Mac® and PC users to legally discover, purchase and download music and videos online. The iTunes Music Store features a selection of over 9,000 music videos, Pixar and Disney short films, a variety of hit TV shows, and more than three million songs from the major music companies and over 1,000 independent labels.
iTunes 6 for Mac and Windows includes the iTunes Music Store and is available as a free download from www.apple.com/itunes. Purchase and download of songs and videos from the iTunes Music Store requires a valid credit card with a billing address in the country of purchase. Television shows are available in the US only, and video availability varies by country. Television shows are $1.99 (US) per episode, and music videos and short films are $1.99 (US) each.
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.