Columbia Records and Apple today announced that the new album 'Modern Times' from Bob Dylan will be offered through an exclusive pre-order on the iTunes Music Store in the UK.

The album costs £8.99 and will be available for download when it is released on August 29.

Apple has also created an exclusive Bob Dylan digital box set, entitled 'The Collection'. This includes all of Bob Dylan's albums with nearly 800 tracks spanning his career. The digital box set will be available for purchase for £169.99 exclusively from iTunes beginning August 29.

"We're excited to offer Bob Dylan fans this dynamic package through iTunes," said Steve Barnett, chairman of Columbia Records. "Dylan fans are going to be really excited to have the opportunity to pre-order the new album."

"Bob Dylan is one of the most respected poets and musicians of our time, and he is a personal hero of mine," said Apple CEO Steve Jobs. "Being able to offer his new album and the exclusive box set of his works on iTunes is a real thrill for us."

'Modern Times' is scheduled for release on August 29. The collection has already won high praise from music critics across the US and UK.

The iTunes special edition of the album also includes two Bob Dylan videos:  'Things Have Changed' and the iTunes exclusive 'Jokerman'.

The Bob Dylan digital box set includes every song from each of his studio albums and 'The Bootleg Series' releases, plus 42 rarities. It also includes a special digital booklet featuring liner notes from Grammy Award-winning writer, Tom Piazza.