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American Idol has announced the return of its songwriter contest and Apple is stepping up its efforts to help people prepare.

Apple Stores across the US will host ‘Idol’ on iTunes Songwriting Workshops this Saturday, March 22 at 2:00 p.m. and Monday, March 24 at 6:00 p.m. Participants will get tips on what makes a great song as well as instruction on creating a hit song using Apple’s consumer-level GarageBand music creation software.

You don’t have to know how to play an instrument or write a song — Apple said they will cover the basics in the free one hour sessions.

American Idol’s creator, Simon Fuller, will pick the 20 finalists among the entries. The songs will be showcased online with the American public voting for their favorite composition.

The winning song will be performed live by the Idol contestants during the this season’s finale. The song will also be recorded and released by this year’s Idol winner.

You can submit you song online at the American Idol Web site. There is a $10 fee for each submission.

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