In a deal similar to that between HP and Apple, Founder, one of the largest suppliers of PCs to the Chinese market is to pre-install iTunes on all its machines.

Founder Group chairman Wei Xinn said: "Digital music is becoming very important in the Chinese PC market, and Apple's iTunes is the runaway market leader. As the first Chinese company to bundle this innovative software with our PCs, we are excited to provide our customers with the world's best digital music experience."

Apple's vice president of applications marketing Rob Schoeben said: "Around the world, iTunes has revolutionized the way people manage and listen to their digital music. We are teaming up with Founder to deliver an easy-to-use, seamless music experience to millions of Chinese customers."