Apple reportedly has a deal on tap that will let iPod and/or iTunes users download and buy songs for 99 cents each. The LA Times has the story, but it requires (free) registration. MacCentral, on the other hand, has the basic facts. The SJ Mercury News has an article, too. I’m all for it. If people pay 99 cents for ringtones on their cell phone, they can certainly pay the same for high quality music. Apple’s using a codec format called AAC, which is reportedly higher quality than MP3. You can apparently also burn it to a CD for car or stereo listening pleasure. I really don’t see any downsides to this.

Unless of course you’re a PC user.