Bono, Dr Dre and Mick Jagger were on hand as Steve Jobs launched the iTunes
music download service for PC-using fans - in the US.
The software, which offers tracks for 99 cents, had previously only been
available to users of Apple Mac computers - who bought 13 million tracks in
six months. Now it is also available to PC users - but still only in the
US. A European version is expected early next year.
'It's like the Pope of software meeting up with the Dalai Lama of
integration,' said Bono, referring to the meeting of Microsoft and Apple.
U2 have made available three exclusive tracks, an acoustic version of 'Stuck
In a Moment You Can't Get Out Of' and live versions of 'I Will Follow' and
'Beautiful Day', both from the Elevation 2001 shows in Boston. They have
already proved amongst the most popular downloads from iTunes.
See our earlier story
Bono was speaking to Apple boss Steve Jobs from Dublin. You can watch what
he had to say, along with the rest of the launch here
You can download iTunes for Windows here
Like the Mac version, iTunes for Windows offers 400,000 songs a la carte at
99cents each, and albums for $10. Songs can be shared between three
computers -- any combination of Macs or Windows PCs -- and copied 10 times
to CD or any number of iPods.