In an indication that downloads are factoring into the holiday shopping equation for many consumers, Apple Computer says it has sold more than $1 million worth of gift certificates and "allowances" to

In an indication that downloads are factoring into the holiday shopping equation for many consumers, Apple Computer says it has sold more than $1 million worth of gift certificates and "allowances" to its iTunes Music Store since the features were added to the service Oct. 16 (Bulletin, Oct. 17).

Online gift certificates are available through iTunes, as well as at Apple's retail locations and Apple.com. The allowance feature lets parents automatically deposit funds into their children's iTunes accounts each month.

Apple also says it has sold more than 25 million song downloads through iTunes since the service launched in April. The company says the 25 millionth song, purchased on Friday, was "Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!" by Frank Sinatra.

Apple CEO Steve Jobs says in a statement that music fans are buying and downloading almost 1.5 million songs per week from iTunes--the equivalent of 75 million songs per year.

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