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updated 6/17/2005 12:56:30 PM ET 2005-06-17T16:56:30

Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II has reportedly joined the high-tech revolution and purchased the world’s hottest new gadget — an Apple iPod.

According to the United Kingdom’s biggest-selling daily newspaper, The Sun, the 79-year-old British monarch is now the owner of a 6GB silver iPod Mini, purchased by a staffer for £169 ($309). While The Sun reported that the Royal iPod could hold up to 10,000 songs, Apple lists the capacity for the 6GB model at a more common 1,500 songs.

The Queen’s second son Prince Andrew, the Duke of York, was reportedly behind the iPod purchase. The newspaper said he bought his mother a mobile phone in 2001 and taught her how to use it.

The newspaper also suggested some music downloads for the Royal iPod, including Abba’s “Dancing Queen” and “Everybody Wants to Rule the World” by Tears for Fears.

U.S. President Bush has owned an iPod since last July, when he received it as a birthday gift. His First iPod reportedly contains songs from artists like country music legend George Jones and contemporary country stars like Kenny Chesney.

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