Apple today announced the launch of the iTunes Affiliate Program, which the company says makes it the first download music store to offer direct links to a la carte singles and albums that generate paid commissions to affiliate Web site. The new program joins other iTunes programs including iTunes on Campus, offering free site licenses to colleges and universities, and the iTunes Volume Discount Program, providing bulk song downloads at a discount. Apple also announced that affiliates that sign up for the iTunes Affiliate Program between now and September 15th will be automatically entered to win an iPod mini.