updated 07:20 am EDT, Wed August 9, 2006
Apple's summer of music
Apple has launched the "Summer of Music" in Japan with free music from iTunes Music Store, collectible iTunes Cards, and exclusive live performances at Apple Retail Stores. Music fans at Summer Sonic will receive collectible iTunes Cards with free music downloads on August 12 in Tokyo and on August 13 in Osaka. For the remainder of the summer, iTunes is offering free music or music videos and collectible iTunes Cards featuring free downloads from the hottest artists in Japan, including Ken Ishii, Simon Le Bon, Hifana, and the premiere of a new video from Beck. Apple's seven Retail Stores in Japan are holding in-store performances with favorite local and international artists, including upcoming performances by PE'Z and She Wants Revenge. The Summer Sonic iTunes Cards give three free songs of the user's choice from the iTunes Music Store, and also feature free downloads from Spank Rock, PE'Z, Amusement Park on Fire and Maximum The Hormone. "Eddy Cue, Apple's vice president of iTunes. "We're thrilled to launch the 'Summer of Music' in Japan with free music from iTunes, Japan's number one online music store, and exclusive Apple Retail Store performances."