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Start-up to make iTunes sing on Linux

CodeWeavers says new version of software bringing Windows programs to Linux supports Apple's music application.

Although iTunes and Linux have been pursuing solo careers, one small software maker hopes to get them to make music together.

CodeWeavers, which specializes in software that lets Windows programs run on Linux, said on Monday that it has a new version of its software that adds support for Apple Computer's iTunes.

The company said CrossOver Office 3.1 adds support for the jukebox and music download software. The version is currently in preview form and is being made available only to existing CrossOver Office customers.

"iTunes has been our No. 1 most requested application," CodeWeavers CEO Jeremy White said in a statement. "We remain confident that by the end of 2005, the majority of Windows applications will be supported by CrossOver Office. Until then, we're pleased to be bringing the appeal of iTunes to Linux users through the development of version 3.1."

A final version is expected later this year. Apple has not created a Linux version of iTunes, though the company has already shown a willingness to go beyond the Mac in creating the Windows version. Apple's iPod also works natively under Windows and the Mac OS, though the company does not support Linux.

Others have created Linux programs that connect to the iPod, including programs designed to mimic iTunes. even aims to put Linux on the iPod itself.

Dell's rival MP3 player, the Dell DJ, does run on Linux using the Lsongs software from Linspire, the company formerly known as Lindows.

An Apple representative was not immediately available for comment on the new software.