iTunes loves China

Apple has done a deal with Founder one of the largest suppliers of PCs in China to have their computers come with iTunes pre-installed from next month.

“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 revolutionized 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.”

Apple computers are a tiny percentage of the market in China, but are also well-recognised, and this agreement will give Apple and its iPod and iTunes Music Store a huge head-start over the competition into the massive digital music market in China.