Apple logoApple Japan seems to be turning up the heat on the promotional front recently; following its iPod trade-in campaign it's now launching an Apple Store affiliate program for websites that it looks like is open to anyone, provided the site passes muster (and is aimed at Japanese-speaking Japan residents, obviously). They're paying out 1% of the purchase price for referrals (2% during the launch promotion), so you're looking at perhaps $140 if you're lucky enough to get some high roller pick up a G5 and a 30-inch display through your site. One conspiracy theory doing the rounds is that Apple's trying to boost website and own-store sales to fortify itself against a possible attempt by Sony to squeeze the iPod out of Japanese retail stores, a tactic (so it's alleged) Sony employed against Palm to push the Clie.

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