Fox, Apple Offer “Idol” Downloads

“American Idol” fans can take more of their Idol favorites with them on their iPhone or iPod. According to Macworld, Fox is making the performances – both audio and video – from all 24 AI semifinalists available for download from iTunes the day after the shows air.
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As is typical for iTunes, the music tracks cost 99 cents each and the videos, which will be available for the top 12 finalists starting March 11, will go for $1.99 each. If you don’t want to wait to purchase the downloads, iTunes will let you pre-order the performances of your faves and have them downloaded automatically the day after their broadcast. We’re not sure what happens if the Idol wannabe whose songs you pre-order gets booted off the show, though.

Macworld also cites a Variety report that says the iPhone is going to be named the show’s official handset. That’s not too hard to imagine, since AT&T is the mobile carrier whose customers get to text in their votes for who should become the next Idol.