A selection of hugely popular Japanese animations (anime) are available now for download through iTunes in the US.

Funimation Entertainment has confirmed it is offering a selection of its anime videos through Apple's online media service, including Desert Punk, Speed Grapher and Samurai 7. Titles cost $1.99 each.

Funimation president and CEO Gen Fukunaga said: “This is a great opportunity to offer our top-rated anime series through the world’s most popular online music, TV and movie store."

In related news, the New York Philharmonic Orchestra has confirmed plans to introduce more iTunes releases, and to deliver ringtones. The orchestra already offers a range of concerts through iTunes.