Madonna on iTunes announced today
Steve Jobs took the stage at the Apple press event in San Francisco on this morning and promptly dialed up Madonna in London, thanking her for putting all of her songs on iTunes – something the Material Girl has resisted until now, Jobs said.
Connected from London, Madonna explained that she “tried to hold out as long as possible. But I got tired of not being able to download my own music.”
The addition of all of Madonna‘s albums and individual songs was one of the first announcements of the morning. Also, Jobs previewed the next version of iTunes, iTunes 5, which he said is available today as a free download on Apple.com. Parental controls are also now available in the iTunes Music Store, which prevent the purchase of explicit albums – an addition reportedly coming as Apple is making all 15 albums from Madonna available for download.
Jobs also made the big annoucement of an iTunes-enabled Rokr cell phone made by Motorola. The phone, which will be in stores this weekend, can hold 100 songs and has two speakers and the ability to shuffle through tunes. “The way we think of this phone is it’s really an iPod Shuffle right on your phone,” Jobs said as he demonstrated the new gadget.
Thanks to David