U2 is appearing in a new Apple Computer television ad promoting the iPod and iTunes Music Store. The spot -- which features the band performing its new single "Vertigo," from the upcoming "How to Dism

U2 is appearing in a new Apple Computer television ad promoting the iPod and iTunes Music Store.

The spot -- which features the band performing its new single "Vertigo," from the upcoming "How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb" (Interscope) -- bows online today (Oct. 12) at the company's Web site. It will begin airing on television tonight during major league baseball programming on Fox, as well as during "Scrubs" on NBC and "One Tree Hill" on the WB.

The commercial is a cross between Apple's "Silhouette" ads and a music video.

Apple says there will be "more about Apple and U2 working together in the coming weeks." Further details were not disclosed.

An extended two-minute version of the ad can be seen on the iTunes Music Store.
Apple was the first online store to have the rights to sell "Vertigo."

In other Apple news, a new study from The NPD Group estimates that nearly 70% of music files downloaded legally in the United States between December 2003 and July 2004 were downloaded from iTunes.

Over the same period NPD estimates Napster's share was 11%, while MusicMatch, RealNetworks and Wal-Mart each claimed a 6% share.