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Apple lands iTunes deal with Chinese PC maker

updated 07:25 am EDT, Tue May 18, 2004

Apple iTunes in China

Apple today announced that , one of China's largest PC makers, will start bundling iTunes with all of its systems beginning next month. "Digital music is becoming very important in the Chinese PC market, and Apple's iTunes is the runaway market leader," Wei Xin, chairman of Founder Group and Founder Technology, said in a joint press release. "As the first Chinese company to bundle this innovative software with our PCs, we are excited to provide our customers with the world's best digital music experience."




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  1. jimothy

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    iTunes for China?

    So, iTunes is coming to China? Or are these PCs destined for sale elsewhere...and if so, where? Good news whatever the case.

  1. GORDYmac

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Not sure that's it...

    I'm assuming that this is a PC maker for the US or European markets, kinda like eMachines or some other off-discount PC brand like Dell.

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Hmmm

    Well, if its China, its probably for Walmart.

  1. Double_UK

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    China

    [quote] "Digital music is becoming very important in the Chinese PC market, and Apple's iTunes is the runaway market leader," [/quote]

    I guess he's referring to the local market.

  1. abnyc

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    i heard

    dell is launching a music store too and its only going to sell clasical music

  1. dennis

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Yes China; no store

    Reading the official press release (on Apple's site), it's clear that this is a manufacturer supplying PCs to the Chinese computer market. There is no mention of the iTunes Muic Sotre, so it must be assumed that this deal involves bundling of iTunes for jukebox capabilities alone, at least for now.

  1. dennis

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    re: Yes China; no store

    [quote]There is no mention of the iTunes Muic Sotre[/quote]

    Oops. Er, no mention of the Music Store, either. ;-)

  1. Ganesha

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    iTMS China

    Wonder if the rights are easier to get in a communist country, with an free market economy.

    iTMS China and iTMS India make sense, you only need to see 1 song to one tenth of one percent of the people to have 1 million sales in each country. ITMS US is running just under 1 song per 1% of US population per week.

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