Apple was awarded a Technical Grammy last night - the first PC company to have received such an accolade.

The 2002 Technical Grammy Award is for outstanding technical contribution to the music industry and recording.

Apple's CEO Steve Jobs, who picked up the award, said: "We love music and are thrilled to play a part in how music is created and enjoyed.

"We are honoured to be receiving our industry's first Technical Grammy, and we look forward to making many more contributions in the years ahead."

Apple claimed: "Apple's iTunes and iPod are leading examples of responsible, successful digital-music solutions that have been embraced by both consumers and the music industry."