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"Yeah, the Apple thing was weird," says the singer.

"A bunch of individuals are meandering along their own paths, then all at once they decide to pay attention to your music.

Having drip-fed along at 2,000 downloads per week, the album clocked-up an additional 73,000 downloads within days of the i Pod Nano ad airing.

If you include hard copies too, it has since shifted almost a million copies worldwide.

I went from talking about the 'little engine that could' aspect of making my album to having to think about this phenomenon that I couldn't really get a handle on. "It's not that I don't have an opinion about all that stuff," she adds.

Instead, Apple, like so many others after them, recognised the perky, banjo-imbued appeal of "1234", and their use of the song had a dramatic effect upon sales of Feist's attendant third record, The Reminder.

"It was about a younger woman with this naive hope, and an older woman saying 'let's see how things turn out'," Feist says of the song, co-written with her friend Gonzales, which is on Birkin's Rendez-Vous album.

Lessons learnt during the making of Let It Die were applied when it came time to make The Reminder.

"We put nests of microphones everywhere: up high, down low, in the hallway, outside the windows.

It was springtime in this manor house outside of Paris, and there was birdsong and dogs running in and out of the house barking.

Instead, Apple, like so many others after them, recognised the perky, banjo-imbued appeal of "1234", and their use of the song had a dramatic effect upon sales of Feist's attendant third record, The Reminder."It was about a younger woman with this naive hope, and an older woman saying 'let's see how things turn out'," Feist says of the song, co-written with her friend Gonzales, which is on Birkin's Rendez-Vous album.Lessons learnt during the making of Let It Die were applied when it came time to make The Reminder."We put nests of microphones everywhere: up high, down low, in the hallway, outside the windows.It was springtime in this manor house outside of Paris, and there was birdsong and dogs running in and out of the house barking.Nor was it ideal that, when she revisited that material to make Let It Die with her producer/keyboardist pal Chilly Gonzales, the album's track-listing was expanded to include several rather incongruous cover-versions, some of which Feist sang en Fran├žais.