MUMBAI: Fox Broadcasting Company, Fox Interactive Media, 19 Entertainment, FremantleMedia and Apple have partnered to bring music fans all of the contestant performances from Season Seven of television’s most popular show exclusively on the iTunes Store (http://www.itunes.com).
Kicking off with the American Idol Top 24 semifinalists this week, customers can purchase music performances for 99 cents per song, and viewers will be able to purchase the full video of Top 12 finalist performances for $1.99, starting 11 March. In addition, beginning today, fans can pre-order performances of their favorite contestants from the iTunes Store, which will be automatically downloaded the day after the show airs.
“We have some truly outstanding talent this year, and by working with Apple and iTunes, we’re giving viewers another great way to enjoy America’s brightest new stars from Idol,” said creator of American Idol and founder of 19 Entertainment Simon Fuller. “I’m sure there will be many memorable performances that viewers will want to relive from this 2008 season.”
“We’ve created a special section on the iTunes Store for Idol fans with an incredible array of music and video performances from television’s most popular show,” said Apple’s vice president of iTunes Eddy Cue. “We think American Idol viewers are going to love the ability to purchase and download Idol performances from iTunes.”
iTunes will also provide exclusive direct links from the free streaming performance videos on americanidol.com (http://www.americanidol.com), the official website of the show and home to MyIdol, the Internet’s largest American Idol fan site. Fans will be able to simply click through to iTunes if they want to purchase their favorite performances to own and enjoy on their iPod, iPhone or Apple TV.
iTunes 7.6 for Mac and Windows includes the iTunes Store and is vailable as a free download from http://www.itunes.com. Purchase and download of songs and videos from the iTunes Store requires a valid credit card from a financial institution in the country of purchase.
American Idol music and video content is available in the US and Canada only. Music performances are 99 cents and video performances are $1.99 per episode and can be viewed on a Mac or PC, iPod nano with video, iPod classic, fifth generation iPod, iPod touch, iPhone or on a widescreen TV with Apple TV.