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iTunes UK, France, Germany: 79 pence, 99 cents per song

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By Jeremy Horwitz

Editor-in-Chief, iLounge
Published: Monday, June 14, 2004
News Categories: iTunes

In London, England this morning, Apple has announced the immediate availability of the iTunes Music Store for Europe, starting with three territories - the United Kingdom, France, and Germany. With the launch of these new European iTunes stores, Apple now claims to be serving sixty percent of the world’s market for music.

As in the United States, a single per-song rate will apply to downloads. Songs will be available for 79 pence (U.K.) or 99 cents (France and Germany), with most albums at 7.99 pounds (U.K.) or 9.99 euros (France and Germany). Local content will be available in each of the European territories, and a full European Union version of the iTunes Music Store will launch in October.

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1

in october?  i hope that’s not all steve has up his sleeve.

Posted by jperry on June 15, 2004 at 2:04 AM (PDT)

2

Where is it? It’s still not available yet. It’s so annoying!

Posted by Nick on June 15, 2004 at 2:06 AM (PDT)

3

It does work, I just signed up and bought my first album (UK)! :D

Just click Sign in, then create new account, then Change country.

Posted by Xenoxide on June 15, 2004 at 2:26 AM (PDT)

4

Its much worse than the US version. damn apple

Posted by Paulo on June 15, 2004 at 2:38 AM (PDT)

5

really disapointed

nothing like the selection i imagined!

Posted by Adz on June 15, 2004 at 2:40 AM (PDT)

6

I imagine it will get better over time; remember the US version has been expanded over 1 year, the European version has been expanded over 1 hour!

Posted by Xenoxide on June 15, 2004 at 2:46 AM (PDT)

7

Well it’s here - it’s working and I am happy.  Even the price is fair.

Posted by Trunk Guy in London on June 15, 2004 at 2:47 AM (PDT)

8

That is rubbish. I just searched for several of my favourite albums, and nothing came up for them. What a waste ot time. Then again, with places like play.com doing most albums for 8.99 or 9.99 with free delivery, I know where my money will still be going.

Posted by iPoddity on June 15, 2004 at 3:15 AM (PDT)

9

Woooohoooooooooooooooooooo!!!

Posted by hero2zero on June 15, 2004 at 3:20 AM (PDT)

10

Fuming that it’s only available in those three countries yet. It isn’t iTunes Europe yet. Three down..another 20 or so to go.
The Euro price is nice though. 0.99 per song is less than in the US at the current exchange rate. Nice one Stevie.
October for a pan European site? What an anti-climax. What about Ireland? The home of Apple manufacturing in Europe for 25 years!!!

Posted by aminorcapo3 on June 15, 2004 at 3:25 AM (PDT)

11

I think the 79p price point is a mistake, it should really be nearer to 50p.

For example, the new Beasties album would cost about 12 on iTunes, it can be had for 8.99 from CD-WOW, Play.com etc

Where is the sense in that?

Posted by Moorish on June 15, 2004 at 3:25 AM (PDT)

12

Moorish, albums are priced at 7.99 for the whole thing. the 79p is only for individual tracks.

Posted by Daniel Kennett on June 15, 2004 at 3:29 AM (PDT)

13

hey everyone, i was reading this morning that apple’s terms put to loads of independent record labels were unacceptable and so were rejected. Hence the uk Europe store opening with a dissapointing variety of available artists. Of course, in the uk, where a lot of the groundbreaking/driving force/adored bands come from the independent genre, it’s important to have these labels on-side. We are missing a lot of very important bands. Let’s hope apple sort their contracts out soon. Otherwise we’ll be saddled with britney and christine!

Posted by gainsbourg on June 15, 2004 at 3:35 AM (PDT)

14

here come the wingers. can’t you just be happy the service is now available. it’ll take time for the catalogue to build up, and for imixes and “other people who bought this also bought..” stuff to be added, but why can’t people look at this as a possitive thing? would you prefer to be renting your music from napster?
I thought the price was ok, lower than other download stores in the uk, did you really expect the price to be as low as the US, you know they don’t pay tax on their downloads, we do.
so go buy your albums from cd-wow, and weit a week for them to be delivered. I’ll be buying many of my albums the same as before (for the liner notes, etc) but i like the idea of getting the album as i pay for it without having to leave the house.
Hopefully the artist catalogue will build up soon, when the indies are on-board.

Posted by Yawn on June 15, 2004 at 3:40 AM (PDT)

15

Still not available to Canada.  Uggghhhh…..........back to downloading free music.

Posted by j-cat on June 15, 2004 at 4:50 AM (PDT)

16

itunes europe?
europe you say?
there are 25 countries in the european union!
there must be over 40 countries in total
and 3 isnt even close to enough!
what a waist of my time!
this is a joke!
i am pissed!

Posted by wora on June 15, 2004 at 5:27 AM (PDT)

17

Im pleased UK iTunes woot!

Posted by ipodphreak on June 15, 2004 at 5:34 AM (PDT)

18

*shaking head in disbelief*

Yeah right, what about the rest of us Europeans?

Posted by ginalee on June 15, 2004 at 6:12 AM (PDT)

19

The rest of you Europeans have lousey taste in music anyway. I mean David Hasselhoff is considered a popstar in Germany. What a waste of good bandwidth wink

I’m happy the store is up and running in the UK. I just hope to see the catalogue grow in the coming months so it really becomes a one stop shop for all my music needs. I would like to see higher quality too. 192AAC would be my bitrate of choice personally.

Posted by loGan on June 15, 2004 at 7:01 AM (PDT)

20

Albania, with its chief export of chrome, is being totally ignored on this day.  Boo, I say.  Boo.

Posted by dfd on June 15, 2004 at 8:02 AM (PDT)

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