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A good start for Apple's music store

One million songs sold in the first week

Apple yesterday announced it has sold over a million songs via its iTunes Music Store just one week after launch, with over half of the 200,000 songs available being purchased at least once.

"In less than one week we've broken every record and become the largest online music company in the world," said Apple CEO Steve Jobs.

"Apple has created the first complete solution for the digital music age — you can purchase your favourite music online at the iTunes Music Store, mix your favourite tracks into playlists with iTunes, and take your entire music collection with you everywhere with the super-slim new iPods," he added.

The company also announced that new tracks would be added to the store from today. Totalling over 3,200 additions, Apple will provide songs like Jack Johnson's On and On, Andrea Bocelli's Tosca and Fleetwood Mac's Say You Will, as well as pre-release tracks from upcoming albums by artists David Sanborn, The RH Factor, John Scofield, Jesse Harris and Lizz Wright.

Also being made available are additional albums from The Eagles, Michelle Branch's album The Spirit Room, new Featured Artist pages for Coldplay, including an exclusive track and music video, and a catalogue of music from Alanis Morissette.

Apple has received 110,000 orders for its new iPod MP3 player, introduced during a special event last week, and reported over a million downloads of iTunes 4.

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