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English-only pan-European iTunes store on track for October

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By Dennis Lloyd

Publisher, iLounge
Published: Monday, September 6, 2004
News Categories: iTunes

“The first signs are positive. Apple Computer Chief Executive Steve Jobs launched versions of the online music service in the U.K, France and Germany at the beginning of the summer. The services have taken off quickly, selling more than 5 million songs in the first ten weeks.. It has left a European-based service that had a head start singing harmony and major music labels are listening to its appeals. [...]

‘It’s still too early to judge exactly how successful the service is,’ says U.K.-based Jupiter Research analyst Mark Mulligan, who believes that after the holiday season will be a better time to appraise the success of the iPod/iTunes duo. But one thing is sure, Mulligan says, ‘It has revolutionized the online music market.’ [...]

Largely because of this tortured rights landscape, iTunes initially debuted in only three countries. But the rest of the European Union shouldn’t have to wait much longer: Apple says its plans for an English-only pan-European store are on track for October.”

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1

Why english only? You know I wish Apple would be really cool and open a ‘transcontinental’ music store in which it didn’t matter what country you were in you could buy from it… if only they could get the lables to play along.

-Jody-

>> My next computer is an iBook (with Virtual PC - yea I’m a puss… I’ll take the jump later).

Posted by Jody on September 6, 2004 at 8:07 PM (PDT)

2

why european countries and the us only? what about canada? the country that is most close to the us.

Posted by lol on September 6, 2004 at 8:20 PM (PDT)

3

what about australia.
AUSTRALIA

Posted by Harrison in Melbourne, Australia on September 6, 2004 at 9:53 PM (PDT)

4

what about Sudan.

Posted by itchy on September 7, 2004 at 12:57 AM (PDT)

5

canada and australia must surely be on the agenda…

rival online stores (such as the ninemsn joint venture) are already getting a foothold in the australian market.

Posted by Matt on September 7, 2004 at 3:43 AM (PDT)

6

iraq is free….... itunes available in iraq?

Posted by schiano on September 7, 2004 at 3:47 AM (PDT)

7

why US?  - world’s biggest music market.
why UK? - world’s thrid biggest music market (Japan is second, why no japanese music store?)
why Europe? - if UK is third, add the rest of Europe and it’s got to be second biggest.

I think Apple are going for the big markets first, the others will take time (it’s not about physical location, “lol”) I’m sure there’s a lot that goes into negotionations and deals with labels in each country, one “transcontinental” market would be great but the labels would never go for that, the US pays a lot less than us in the UK, and thefore the labels would be able to fix the prices like they do in the UK (and elsewhere probably) now.

Posted by bob on September 7, 2004 at 5:26 AM (PDT)

8

What about Canada?  Come on apple, move up north to canada.  I know it is legal to download music already, but I want iTunes in Canada!!!!

Posted by Jean_Chretien on September 7, 2004 at 6:01 AM (PDT)

9

So does this mean that we can look forward to some retail alliance (al-la Target), to start pimping iPod’s and MOREOVER ITMS Pre-Paid Cards?

Posted by Ichijoe on September 7, 2004 at 6:09 AM (PDT)

10

Why not everyone on the planet all at once six months ago? Why only one expansion at a time? What’s wrong with Apple that they can’t magically do everything and control every law and partner? :D

Posted by Nagromme on September 7, 2004 at 7:16 AM (PDT)

11

30 million ppl in canada..much like the Mac installed base..

no rush for Canada, we have free downloads.. (acquis.x.)

Posted by Mike on September 7, 2004 at 7:30 AM (PDT)

12

LoL Perhapps the only good thing to hail out of the Great White North since: Maple Syrup, Canadian Bacon & SCTV.

Rush! After 30 long years of good solid Rock you could you not love ‘em!

BTW if your in the Frankfurt Germany Area around the 24th of Sept. Then I’ll see you at the Show!!

Posted by Ichijoe on September 7, 2004 at 9:40 AM (PDT)

13

perhaps there’s no ITMS in Canada as a punishment for Celine Dion :D

Posted by jim on September 7, 2004 at 9:45 AM (PDT)

14

i wont buy from the apple even if it comes to canada, but it is not about where u can buy the music, it is about the honor.

Posted by frankie on September 7, 2004 at 10:05 AM (PDT)

15

and it’s OH SO HONORABLE to not buy from apple…..  what the f!?

Posted by mvague on September 7, 2004 at 11:10 AM (PDT)

16

All I wanted was access to the free songs, like the RNC or Dem convention, and you need an account even for the free ones.  How stupid.  Come to Canada—> Barenaked Ladies, Tragically Hip, Alannis Morsette, Nelly Furtado, Nickleback, Sum 41, Our Lady Peace, and much more!

Posted by Paul_Martin on September 8, 2004 at 5:51 AM (PDT)

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