Apple's deepening its charity work this week by highlighting the Songs for Sudan charity album on iTunes Music Store UK, a new free single of teh week is also available.

Songs for Sudan (which costs £7.99) features music from leading artists, including REM, Ash, The Futureheads and Roots Manuva. It's published as a fund-raiser by Oxfam.

Something for charity

As previously reported, Apple is also selling a music collection from Modiba Records, the Afrobeat Sudan Aid Project. Available internationally, all proceeds from sales of this album go to the Kebkayiah Smallholders Charitable Society.

This year's UK Christmas number one single, Band Aid 20's 'Do they know it's Christmas' single remains number one on Apple's service, despite initial problems selling the single through iTunes. Apple charges just 79p for the title track, contributing an additional 70p of its own to Band Aid for each single sold.

New artists, new material, Scissor Sisters spotlight

Additional new highlights in Apple's UK iTunes pre-Christmas front page update include: a new single of the week; the addition of new tracks from Orbital, Spandau Ballet, Trojan Records (essential dub and reggae publisher), Spiritualized and New Order.

This week's iTunes spotlight looks at this year's great party band, The Scissor Sisters. Fans of the band will find an exclusive three-track recording session, including a rare acoustic version of "Mary", and links to all material from the band.

And free stuff too

This week's free single download comes from unsigned (but well-connected) Liverpool band, The Aeroplanes. The rocky indie song (with a touch of Jim Morrison about it) is called, 'This is My Love'.