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iTunes Music Store Europe held up by red tape

“Old-fashioned red tape is delaying the eagerly awaited European launch of Apple Computers’ (nasdaq: AAPL -news - people) Internet music store iTunes, a company official said on Saturday.

A maze of licensing contracts, music release dates that differ by country and incompatible billing systems have combined to sidetrack the service, which many recording executives still hope will make its European debut in the first half of 2004.”

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Forget agricultural harmonisation and economic strength through unity, that’s got to be about the best argument I’ve ever seen for greater European intregration!...actually I’ve just thought, would it be charged in Euros or Pounds if you are buying in the UK? Is iTMS available in Canada? If so how does it work there?

Posted by pomegranate on January 24, 2004 at 11:22 AM (CST)


That “release date that differs by country” crap is a big reason why people resort to illegal downloading in the first place.  Come on, just release the damn thing at the same time in different countries for Christ’s sake!

Posted by Fenn on January 24, 2004 at 2:47 PM (CST)


Canada doesn’t have it yet unfortunatly.

Posted by GarageBoy on January 24, 2004 at 4:11 PM (CST)


i fail to see what the color of the tape has to do with anything

Posted by dave on January 24, 2004 at 4:22 PM (CST)


the tape is red because it is reflecting the red wavelengths of light. this means it is absorbing the blue wavelengths, and since blue light has more energy than red, the tape is stronger. =)

Posted by kauffee on January 24, 2004 at 5:50 PM (CST)



& Fenn is exactly right. Why can’t the imbeciles in charge (!) see that? They deserve to be ripped off if it wasn’t for the effect it had on the artists.

Posted by bobsyerunkle on January 25, 2004 at 4:01 AM (CST)


i understand people’s reaction to all the red tape in the european market. but we must remember that the good old u.s.a has plenty of red tape itself the hurt eurpean products here.

Posted by tadpole on January 25, 2004 at 8:22 AM (CST)


Why dont we all just get US registered credit cards to cut through all the tape ?

Posted by Jon Lewis on January 25, 2004 at 9:00 AM (CST)


Acutally it has nothing to do with the EU. Clearly it is the Record Labels themselves that are holding up progress. “A maze of licensing contracts, music release dates that differ by country and incompatible billing systems” Lets see, billing is nonsense as all of Europe takes visa (as does the rest of the World), so we are talking when the labels get paid. Music release dates is just nonsense. The real reason is “licensing contracts” i.e. money and how much goes to who. Nothing to do with the EU and the trading therein. A lot to do with lots of greedy, entrenched recording industry interests.

Posted by John on January 25, 2004 at 11:40 AM (CST)


well i say we keep ripping them off untill they get it released

Posted by bill on January 25, 2004 at 3:30 PM (CST)


greedy little bastards the music industry is, eh?

Posted by Chomper on January 26, 2004 at 3:02 PM (CST)


How about Australia, when can we expect access to itunes down here?

Posted by Trotta in Sydney on January 27, 2004 at 6:37 AM (CST)


I thank Apple for iTunes not being available in Europe: it made me look for other ways to buy music online, and that’s how I found I wanted to feed my new iPod legally, and I must say I’m addicted to eMusic.

Its weakness - mostly small and independant labels - is actually an advantage : it made me search through the community discussions, recommandation lists, etc, try (30 sec. preview), and find pearls that I would have missed, had I jumped on the iTunes bandwagon.
It’s a lot more pleasant to listen to a great album, from a little known artist you found out by digging, that to share your pleasure with all the MTV listeners.

More info:
- All songs in VBR mp3 (not encrypted)
- monthly :
  10$ => 40 songs, or
  20$ => 90 songs, or

The first month, combining the free 50 songs, and present, I downloaded 180 songs (50 + 40 + 90) for 20$.



Posted by Alain Ravet on January 28, 2004 at 6:41 AM (CST)

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