“Apple Computer said on Friday it was sticking to a plan to launch a European version of its iTunes Music Store on the Internet this year, saying it would not rush it out until it is perfect. In The United States iTunes Music Store has been up and running for a year, and has helped boost sales of Apple’s portable music player iPod,” Reuters reports. “Apple sold 807,000 iPods in the January-to-March quarter, over nine times more than the same period a year earlier and more than the total number of computers it sold.”
“‘When we launch in Europe, we want to do it well. There can be no compromise on the ease of use, the depth of the catalogue or the responsiveness (of the Web site),’ Apple’s European chief Pascal Cagni told Reuters in a telephone interview. He added that a delay of a few months was acceptable because the store was going to be an important outlet for many years. ‘This is going to be so important for the future that a few months’ delay is not essential,’ he said. ‘But it will come. Absolutely,’ he added, when asked if he was sticking to the launch target year of 2004,” Reuters reports.
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