Apple to sell "American Idol" performances through iTunes
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 March 11. In addition, beginning Monday, fans can pre-order performances of their favorite contestants from the iTunes Store, which will be automatically downloaded the day after the show airs.
"Weâve created a special section on the iTunes Store for âIdolâ fans with an incredible array of music and video performances from televisionâs most popular show," said Eddy Cue, Appleâs vice president of iTunes. "We think âAmerican Idolâ viewers are going to love the ability to purchase and download âIdolâ performances from iTunes."
iTunes will also provide exclusive direct links from the free streaming performance videos on americanidol.com, the official website of the show and home to MyIdol, the Internetâs 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.