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iTunes offers bonus for Dylan pre-orders

Bob Dylan has teamed with Apple's iTunes Music Store to offer fans who pre-order his new album through the retailer first crack at tickets for shows on his fall tour.
/ Source: Billboard

Bob Dylan has teamed with Apple's iTunes Music Store to offer fans who pre-order his new album through the retailer first crack at tickets for shows on his fall tour.

"Modern Times," his first release in almost five years, is due Aug. 29 via Columbia. Pre-order participants will receive a ticket presale code the following day, giving them a week-plus jump on the Sept. 9 general public onsale. Tour dates have yet to be announced.

The iTunes version of "Modern Times" will feature five bonus Dylan videos: "Cold Irons Bound" (shot during the filming of the feature "Masked & Anonymous"), "Blood in My Eyes," "Things Have Changed," "Love Sick" (from the 1998 Grammys) and "Jokerman."

In addition, Apple has created the mammoth Dylan digital boxed set "The Collection," featuring every song from his studio albums as well as 42 rarities and an exclusive digital booklet. The box will sell for $199 and will also be available Aug. 29.

Dylan will begin his third annual summer tour of U.S. minor league baseball stadiums Saturday in Comstock Park, Mich.