Apple to receive Grammy tonight

Tonight's the night: Apple will be honored by the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences with a Technical Grammy Award for its outstanding technical contributions to the music industry and recording field. This is the first Technical Grammy ever awarded to a personal computer company.

"We love music and are thrilled to play a part in how music is created and enjoyed," Steve Jobs, Apple's CEO, said in an announcement. "We are honored to be receiving our industry's first Technical Grammy and we look forward to making many more contributions in the years ahead."

In a statement about the Grammy, Apple said that it "strives to protect the rights of both intellectual property owners and consumers alike, and believes there is a 'middle path' in digital music distribution which actively discourages the theft of music, while at the same time preserving consumers' rights to manage and listen to their legally-acquired music on whatever devices they own."

Naturally, Apple feels that its iTunes application and iPod hardware are exemplary examples of such devices and accompanying software.

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