updated 09:00 am EDT, Wed April 28, 2004
Third generation iTMS
Kicking off its second year in business, Apple today launched the third generation of its , featuring over 700,000 songs from all five major music labels and over 450 independent labels. In the last year, over 70 million songs have been purchased, with current sales averaging 2.7 million per week, or 140 million per year. To thank customers for making the iTunes Music Store a success, Apple is giving away a free song each day for the next eight days from artists who have played a role in helping the store, including Foo Fighters, Avril Lavigne, Courtney Love, Annie Lennox, Jane's Addiction, Counting Crows, Renee Fleming and Nelly Furtado. New iTunes Music Store features were also announced along with iTunes 4.5 (see below).