National Federation of the Blind and Commonwealth of Massachusetts Announce Agreement with Apple to Make iTunes Fully Accessible

October 1, 2008

Chris Danielsen
Public Relations Specialist
National Federation of the Blind
(410) 659-9314, ext 2330
(410) 262-1281 (Cell)

The National Federation of the Blind and Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley today announced a cooperative agreement with Apple, Inc. to make Apple's iTunes software, iTunes Store, and iTunes U more accessible to the blind.  On September 9, Apple released iTunes 8, which contains significant accessibility improvements.  Under today's agreement, Apple will make iTunes U (a dedicated area of the iTunes Store for content provided by colleges and universities) fully accessible by December 31, 2008, and will ensure the full accessibility of the iTunes software and the rest of the iTunes Store to blind people using both Mac and Windows operating systems by June 30, 2009.  Over the next three years, Apple will...

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