Apple Computer, manufacturer of hardware and software products, launched the Summer of Music campaign across various cities of Japan on Wednesday, offering free music, collectables, and live performances.

All summer long, iTunes is offering free music, music videos and collectible iTunes Cards featuring free downloads from the hottest artists in Japan, including Ken Ishii, Simon Le Bon, Hifana, and the world premiere of a brand new video from Beck, the company said.

Music fans will receive collectible iTunes Cards with free music downloads on August 12 in Tokyo and on August 13 in Osaka. Apple’s seven retail stores in Japan will host performances with local and international artists.

The iTunes Music Store in Japan has been embraced by artists and music fans alike and now features a catalog of over two million songs, said Eddy Cue, Apple’s vice president of iTunes. We’re thrilled to launch the 'Summer of Music' in Japan with free music from iTunes, Japan’s number one online music store, and exclusive Apple Retail Store performances.

The Summer Sonic iTunes Cards give three free songs of the user’s choice from the iTunes Music Store, and also feature free downloads from Spank Rock, PE’Z, Amusement Park on Fire and Maximum The Hormone.

Apple Retail Stores have become popular venues for artists such as Akiko Yano, ZAZEN BOYS, Yukihiro Takahashi, m-flo, Mihimaru GT and Karia Nomoto with Yasuharu Konishi to support their local fans and promote new music via live performances, Apple said.

The announcement comes just days after Apple's annual world-wide developer conference in San Francisco, where new products based off Intel processors were showcased.