Apple and Coca-Cola make iTunes alliance

By Derek Sooman on June 29, 2006, 4:29 AM
A new iTunes promotional initiative has been launched, with Coca-Cola partnering up with the Apple ran music download service. Coca-Cola will be using this initiative to promote their calorie-free Coke Zero brand along with iTunes. This will mean that Coca-Cola-sponsored content will appear on iTunes, and there will be a range of promotional iTunes discounts.

The deal appears to be in response to the failure and closure of download site Mycokemusic. This site, launched in 2004, had some 250,000 songs available, but in a format incompatible with the iPod. Music has long been a promotional battleground between Coca-Cola and arch rival Pepsi, who for years have engaged bands and music celebrities to promote their products. The iTunes / Coca-Cola alliance may be intended to help Coca-Cola maintain their edge in the UK soft-drinks market, a market that is fiercely competitive.

'In 2004, the digital music scene was just developing and the only way for Coke to offer access to music downloads was to open our own store,' ran the statement issued. 'That's not true today and there is no need for Coke to continue to run a store.'
This is, of course, not the first such alliance for iTunes, who previously allied themselves with Pepsi who ran a promotion to give away 100 million songs for free.

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