In an attempt to help ensure music lovers picking up an iPod this Christmas end up stuffing their new gadget with iTunes songs, Apple has doubled the commission it pays to some websites.

Apple runs an iTunes Affiliates scheme, which sites can sign-up for. Similar to Amazon's affiliates scheme, Apple's pays participating websites a normal 4 per cent commission for sales they drive to iTunes.

With Christmas now alarmingly close, Apple has doubled the commission to 8 per cent.

"For the month of December, Apple is doubling the commission rate, so you will earn 8 per cent commission on every sale that you generate. Sign up now, link to songs, videos or audiobooks on iTunes, and double your commission this Christmas season," the company says.

For more information about the scheme, or to join it, visit Apple's iTunes affiliates webpage.