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iTunes planned for EU expansion in October

“Apple Computer is planning the next wave of expansion for its popular iTunes online music store with a multi-country European launch in October, the service’s chief architect said on Wednesday.

“We are well on pace to launch more EU stores. We will do it next month,” Eddie Cue, Apple’s vice president of applications told music executives at the annual Popkomm conference in the German capital.”

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i can see you ppl complaining about how itms should go to canada first already!

anyway thank god! its a bout time!

Posted by wora on September 29, 2004 at 11:33 AM (CDT)


I was just about to say, what about Canada? But I won’t…

You mean t’s a-BOOT time…

Posted by agentkow on September 29, 2004 at 11:49 AM (CDT)


Canada is loooooooooooong overdue. What’s the hold up?

Posted by brother Man on September 29, 2004 at 2:14 PM (CDT)


who needs canada? lol

Posted by MATRIX on September 29, 2004 at 2:18 PM (CDT)


Canada deserves it.

Posted by flashPUNK on September 29, 2004 at 2:22 PM (CDT)


besides there are only 30 million of you up there!!!  nearly 500 mil in EU!!!!

now where is the market?

Posted by rivlinm in saint louis on September 29, 2004 at 3:02 PM (CDT)


Canada is a tricky place when it comes to digital music.  After a judge ruled that trading music online was equal to having a copy machine in a library, I could see why record companies wouldn’t really want to do anything to potentially enrich the Canadian economy. 
On the other hand, maybe they would be quick to provide a cheap alternative.

Posted by Alden on September 29, 2004 at 3:04 PM (CDT)


That’s all well and good. But is there anyway to buy songs from a store in a different country? I would like to get songs from the UK store here in the US but have been blocked. This is the 21st century. Failing a way to do this does anybody know why we can’t buy songs out of our country?

Posted by greg on September 29, 2004 at 3:55 PM (CDT)


canada? where? eu is where its at

Posted by huh?! on September 29, 2004 at 4:17 PM (CDT)


Music is paid for in Canada.. we pay huge levy’s on blank media, so let’s say I’m indifferent to file sharing.

All the same, if we had access to the ITMS here, I’d probably buy a fair bit.

Posted by quadraphonic on September 29, 2004 at 5:19 PM (CDT)


*continues holding breath over here in Australia*

Every major online player except Apple has opened a music store over here…

It’s not as if our labels are making things complicated? (as far as I know - other stores seem to have managed it okay)

Posted by Leigh on September 29, 2004 at 8:10 PM (CDT)


What about Australia?

Posted by Tracy on September 29, 2004 at 9:09 PM (CDT)


All these new stores are nice, but I want to be able to buy music out of all of them from the USA. Why not have one big International store?

Posted by Brandon on September 29, 2004 at 10:18 PM (CDT)


I agree with some of the posts here. I want to be able to buy songs by artists from those foreign countries.

Unfortunately, I don’t think that would happen. My guess is when Apple made the deals with the local recording companies (the RIA of those countries), they only agree to sell the music locally. This is nothing new. If you look at CDs closely, it will have something like “not for sale outside (put the country’s name).” So musch for “world” music genre.

Posted by International? on September 29, 2004 at 10:56 PM (CDT)


It’s my understanding that each country’s laws regarding fair use of digital music is different—which is why it’s taken Apple so long to work through all the kinks.  And if a citizen from USA buys a track from the EU store where, say, burning isn’t allowed, then not only is the “simplicity” of universal DRM ruined, but the artist/label being protected by the EU law isn’t receiving that benefit or that political protection and thus nulls the purpose of the government.

Posted by dethbrakr on September 30, 2004 at 12:48 AM (CDT)


Wasn’t this already reported back a few weeks ago? What’s the point of rehashing poor Canuk wetdreams of ITMS in Canada? Till Canada makes such changes as the RIAA (and other such illk of it’s kind), sees fit. It’s not gonna happen any time soon…

Shame too…. Then again I can only think of One ok make that Two good Canadian Bands / Singers. RUSH! (DUHH) and Gorden Lightfoot… As great as they are (and as for the former THEY ARE!!), that’s not enough to build an ITMS Database ‘round…

Posted by Ichijoe on September 30, 2004 at 4:38 AM (CDT)


Stuff australia WHAT ABOUT NEW ZEALAND???

Posted by Guido Hatsis in Wellington on September 30, 2004 at 6:06 AM (CDT)


Or New Dehli Inda

Surely all those Outsourced IT Call Center (Jobs’), Staffers can afford a measly iPod too. Why shouldn’t they get an ITMS too….

Posted by Ichijoe on September 30, 2004 at 9:28 AM (CDT)


The Register site has a good article about this. It points out that Apple’s UK vs EU price difference arguement (99p in UK 77p in France/Germany) is looking weaker. Apple can’t claim that it’s more expensive to sell in the UK when they are able to do a pan-EU music store.
Or will they allow UK customers to buy from this EU store? Fat chance. “No your address is not in the EU… well it is but…. look we made ‘special store’ for you… yeah it’s more expensive but why should you be allowed to buy from our EU store… free trade wassit?”

Posted by Chris Matchett on October 1, 2004 at 12:45 AM (CDT)


Anybody know what dates the EU store will open on ?

Posted by Irish on October 1, 2004 at 4:46 AM (CDT)

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