Apple’s launched iTunes PlusÃƒÆ’Ã‚¢Ãƒ¢Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ã‚¬Ãƒ¢Ã¢â€š¬Ã‚DRM-free music tracks featuring high quality 256 kbps AAC encoding- for $1.29 per song. iTunes Plus is launching with EMIÃƒÆ’Ã‚¢Ãƒ¢Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ã‚¬Ãƒ¢Ã¢â‚¬Å¾Ã‚¢s digital catalog of recordings, including singles and albums from Coldplay, The Rolling Stones, Norah Jones, Frank Sinatra, Joss Stone and Pink Floyd.
iTunes will continue to offer its entire catalog, currently over five million songs, in the same versions as todayÃƒÆ’Ã‚¢Ãƒ¢Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ã‚¬Ãƒ¢Ã¢â€š¬Ã‚128 kbps AAC encoding with DRMÃƒÆ’Ã‚¢Ãƒ¢Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ã‚¬Ãƒ¢Ã¢â€š¬Ã‚at the same price of 99 cents per song, alongside the higher quality iTunes Plus versions when available.
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With the release of iTunes Plus, customers can now download trackswithout limitations on the type of music player or number of computers that purchased songs can be played on.
To access the iTunes Plus catalog, users must upgrade to the latest version of iTunes.