Apple has secured a major retail coup in Japan, with news that 7-11 stores there will start selling iPods later this month.

United Press International describes 7-11 stores as: "Japan's biggest convenience store group".

Japanese consumers will be able to buy five types of iPod from the chain, including the iPod nano.

"Customers will be able to place their orders at a local store, and the iPod will arrive two or three days later," the report claims.