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Apple eyes fizz in Pepsi iTunes giveaway

Winners who redeem coupon for free song will be entered in drawing for free silver iPod Mini.

Apple Computer is once again looking to Pepsi to provide added pop to the iTunes Music Store.

According to a posting on Apple's Web site, Pepsi plans to distribute up to 200 million free songs in a promotion that kicks off at the end of the month.

As with an earlier promotion, codes good for one free music track will be found in one in three specially marked bottles of Pepsi products. When winners redeem a free song, they will also be entered in a drawing for a free silver iPod Mini. Pepsi will give away one iPod Mini every hour during the promotion, roughly 1,700 iPod Minis in all.

The two companies teamed up last January on a promotion designed to give away 100 million free songs. Though some people found a way to determine which bottles had the free code, only 5 million songs were redeemed. Some bottles were also late to reach store shelves and, as a result, the Pepsi promotion was partly to blame for the iTunes music store missing its goal of 100 million song sales in its first year.

Whereas the first promotion was designed to kick-start sales in the relatively new iTunes store, Apple is on steadier footing now, with sales of both music and iPods continuing to rise sharply.

An Apple representative declined to comment on the Pepsi deal. A Pepsi representative was not immediately available for comment.

The promotion will kick off at midnight Jan. 31. Entries in the iPod Mini giveaway need to be made by April 30, while song winners will have until May 23 to redeem their free track. There is a limit of 10 free song redemptions per day and a total of 200 for the overall promotion.

The contest rules note that Pepsi is the sole sponsor of the promotion.