“Attempts by Apple Computer to launch a European version of its online ‘Music Store,’ where people can download individual songs, has been held up until next year by disputes between record companies and their artists over licensing,” reports The Independent.
“The delay could mean more problems for the record companies, which face a growing tide of online piracy with the increase in high-speed “broadband” connections in Europe, and frustration for Apple, which has seen 5 million tracks sold at 99 cents each through its US-only online “iTunes Music Store” since its launch eight weeks ago,” The Independent reports.
“In Europe, though, different artists can have different arrangements in each country over how much they are paid for a digital download – if such clauses are in their contract at all. That has caused headaches for Apple, which wants to take advantage of its momentum in the US to roll the program out in the rest of the world,” according to The Independent.
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