Linux OS users soon will be able to run iTunes, thanks to CodeWeavers, a company that specializes in Windows-emulation software for Linux.

CodeWeavers has added support for the jukebox and music-download application to its CrossOver Office 3.1 software. The version is currently in preview form. The final version of CrossOver Office 3.1 is expected later this year.

CodeWeavers CEO Jeremy White told Cnet News: "iTunes has been our number-one most requested application. We're pleased to be bringing the appeal of iTunes to Linux users through the development of version 3.1."

Other iTunes/Linux projects include the beta testing of an iPod plug-in for its tex9's xtunes software – a clone of Apple's iTunes, and an open-source project that aims to put Linux on the iPod.

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