Downloads will include ABC shows. The pact is a sign that the rift with Pixar may be mending.
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Before he took over this month as Walt Disney Co.'s chief executive, Robert Iger made clear that he wanted two things: to explore new ways to distribute the media giant's entertainment content and to thaw his company's icy relationship with Steve Jobs.

Iger moved forward on both fronts Wednesday when he and Jobs, the co-founder of Apple Computer Inc., announced that Disney-owned ABC would offer some of its most popular television shows for download at iTunes Music Store.

Appearing together here to introduce Apple's much-anticipated video iPod, both executives stressed that the agreement was between Disney and Apple and not with another Jobs company, Pixar Animation Studios, which last year said it would not renew the distribution deal it signed with the Burbank company in 1991.

But the broader implication seemed obvious: Iger and Jobs have forged a good working relationship that bodes well for renewing the agreement, which is due to expire next year with the release of "Cars."

The two have been talking for months about extending the relationship through which Disney has released such Pixar hits as "Toy Story," "Finding Nemo" and "The Incredibles."