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Apple replaces 'Single of the Week' with 'Free on iTunes'

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(Read caption) The Apple logo hangs inside the glass entrance to the Apple Store on 5th Avenue in New York. Apple has launched a 'Free on iTunes section shortly after canceling its 'Single of the Week' promotion.

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Consumers upset over the cancellation of Apple's free single of the week got some consolation today. The Cupertino-based giant just launched a new section in its digital storefront titled "Free on iTunes." Although the company hasn't officially promoted this as its "Single of the Week" replacement, it's still a move in the right direction for cash-strapped consumers.

Available in the U.S. for the time being, the "Free on iTunes" section currently houses 16 MP3s and 24 full-length TV episodes. Musical titles include "Eyes" by Rogue Wave, "Feel the Volume" by Jauz, and "Tired Oak" by Jessica Hernandez & the Deltas. Full-length TV episodes, many of which are available in HD or SD, include a mix of mainstream and lesser-known titles such as SyFy's "12 Monkeys," Disney's "K.C. Undercover," and HGTV's "Fixer Upper."

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Apple used to have a free section on iTunes, but the company opted to let it fade away. This new section appears to indicate that Apple will be actively curating and updating its free offerings, although it remains to be seen if other content, such as books and full-length movies, will be added to the section. Consumers can check out the newly-launched section via this link.

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What do you think, readers? Is this better than its previous "Single of the Week" promo? Let us know in the comments below.

Louis Ramirez is a features writer for, where this article first appeared: