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The iTunes Store was launched in the United States in April 2003. It offers the public access to an online store catalogue of millions of Sound recordings — each of which has been licensed for distribution from copyright owners — available for purchase by anyone with a personal computer. Comsumers can purchase songs from the iTunes Store with a credit or debit card, using PayPal, or using a prepaid stored-value iTunes Card, and that music purchase is then permanently downloaded directly to the purchaser's personal computer over a fast, secure, and reliable network.

Over the years, the iTunes Store has expanded beyond sound recordings to allow users to purchase permanent downloads of music videos, TV shows, full-length motion pictures, short films, and audiobooks.

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