updated 01:15 pm EST, Thu December 18, 2003
AOL integrates iTunes
can now preview, purchase and download songs available on AOL Music by simply clicking an iTunes button placed next to featured tracks. The iTunes button will launch Apple's iTunes Music Store, 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
"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 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.