Apple have announced a deal with Founder PC – one the largest PC manufacturers in China. From the start of June, all Founder PCs will have iTunes preinstalled giving access to iTunes features, but without the music store. So, a bit like being an iPod owner in Europe then. Apple have not announced plans to take the iTunes Music Store to China yet.
“Digital music is becoming very important in the Chinese PC market, and Apple’s iTunes is the runaway market leader,” said Wei Xin, chairman of Founder Group and Founder Technology. “As the first Chinese company to bundle this innovative software with our PCs, we are excited to provide our customers with the world’s best digital music experience.”
“Around the world, iTunes has revolutionised the way people manage and listen to their digital music,” said Rob Schoeben, Apple’s vice president of Applications Marketing. “We are teaming up with Founder to deliver an easy-to-use, seamless music experience to millions of Chinese customers.”
This isn’t Founder’s first licensing deal with western software/hardware manufacturers – they licensed Palm’s OS late last year with the aim of bringing Palm-powered devices to the Chinese market in the future.