Apple Computer says it sold a record 3.3 million songs in the first week of release for the latest version of its iTunes music management software.

Apple Computer says it sold a record 3.3 million songs in the first week of release for the latest version of its iTunes music management software.

Over 500,000 free promotional songs from Foo Fighters, Avril Lavigne, Courtney Love, Annie Lennox, Jane's Addiction, Counting Crows, Renee Fleming and Nelly Furtado also were downloaded in the first week.

Apple released the free software on April 28. The reported sales cover a seven-day period ending today (May 5) and include sales of both albums and individual tracks.

Nielsen SoundScan reports in its newest numbers that 2.2 million digital tracks have been sold through the Monday-to-Sunday period ending May 2. That figure does not include full-album download sales.

In addition, Apple says iTunes users have already published more than 20,000 playlists using the service's new iMix feature. Those mixes have been rated by users over 50,000 times.

Apple claims a 70% market share of legal downloads for singles and albums.

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