Itunes Introduces Downloadable Mixtape

The mixtape phenomenon

has officially crossed over to public domain with iTunes Music Store now providing

legal hip-hop mixtapes for download.

The online music

company’s mixtape "Street Official Mixtape, Vol. 1" went up live last

night (November 2).

The promotional

mixtape is the first of its kind—free, downloadable and completely legal.

The introduction to iTunes could make it the most widely distributed promo mixtape

available anywhere.

Every month, "Street

Official Mixtape" host and DJ "Winta" aka "Big Young"

will present a new edition featuring assorted hip-hop artists.

According to the iTunes Music Store site, the mixtapes will be “filled

with the most authentic hip-hop material—new releases, exclusives, test

presses, underground, hip-hop classics and a few surprises.”

Vol. 1 includes songs from KRS-One, Rascoe Will.i.Am, Masta Ace, Planet Asia

and Encore. It will be accessible for download from iTunes Music Store for the

next 30 days until Vol. 2 arrives.

Apple iTunes has sold more than 150 million songs and has expanded to include

sites in the United Kingdom, Germany and France.

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