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Apple Unveils New iMacs With CD-RW Drives

Press release from the issuing company

MACWORLD EXPO, TOKYO—February 22, 2001—Apple® today introduced a new line of iMacs™ with CD-RW drives and iTunes, Apple’s amazing new “jukebox” software, which lets users create and manage their own music library and burn their own custom audio CDs. With fast new PowerPC G3 processors running at up to 600 MHz, up to 40 GB hard drives, FireWire® ports and iMovie™ software on all systems, the new iMac family comes in two dazzling new patterns, Blue Dalmatian and Flower Power, as well as the two most popular iMac colors, Indigo and Graphite. “iMac has evolved into an entertainment center, where you can create desktop movies, manage your digital music library and burn custom music CDs,” said Steve Jobs, Apple’s CEO. “iMovie and iTunes are so easy to learn and use, even your parents can use them without getting confused.” iTunes, which has been downloaded more than 750,000 times since its debut in January, lets users import songs from their favorite CDs into their iMac and compress them into the popular MP3 format; organize their music using powerful yet easy to use searching, browsing, and play list features; watch stunning visualizations on their computer screen; and create custom music CDs with the new iMac’s CD-RW drive. All iMac models come preinstalled with Apple’s iMovie 2, the latest version of the world’s most popular, easy-to-use consumer digital video editing software, and offer two FireWire ports for easy connection to a variety of high-speed peripherals such as digital camcorders and digital cameras. Movies can be saved back to the camcorder, copied to videotape or posted to a user’s own website using iTools, Apple’s suite of free Internet services. Every iMac comes standard with Apple’s optical mouse and full-size Apple Pro Keyboard, and is AirPort™ ready. AirPort, Apple’s revolutionary wireless networking solution, provides totally untethered Internet access at speeds up to 11 megabits per second. iMac’s other great features include near-silent operation, reducing noise levels to half that of competitive systems; ATI RAGE 128 Pro accelerators for outstanding graphics; built-in 10/100BASE-T Ethernet for easy DSL and cable modem access and an all-digital sound system designed in collaboration with Harman Kardon.

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