Apple reiterates plans to launch European iTunes Music Store in 2004

“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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12 Comments

  1. I can’t image being an iPod owner in the rest of the world and not have access to the iTunes Music Store.

    However, use the delay to begin saving up your money as you will find it is way too easy to use!

    Any word on places like Asia, Canada or Austrailia?

  2. It better be good then 🙁
    I haven’t bought any cd’s for so long that I can’t remember. All this only because I want to wait for iTMS Europe. When it comes I will spend some serious money and get those songs that I have missed.

  3. I think it would be interesting to know how many iPod users download there previously owned CDs to iTunes for use on their iPods. For me, I have abotu 12 tracks I’ve gotten from iTMS. All th rest come from my CD collection. The fact is, people who buy only contemporary music are where iTMS is. For those that listen to more then current stuff, our collection of product suffices. The world of music isn’t only Rock and Rap my friends.

  4. You don’t need the iTMS to enjoy an iPod. It works really well with iTunes by itself on Mac or PC. Just add your own music from CDs and you’re off. I only use the music store for single songs here and there that I don’t have CDs for and it is great for that. I am looking forward to Europe’s (and Canada’s) intro to the iTMS. But the pod and iTunes are a great pair on their own.

  5. I can’t image being an iPod owner in the rest of the world and not have access to the iTunes Music Store.

    However, use the delay to begin saving up your money as you will find it is way too easy to use!

    Any word on places like Asia, Canada or Austrailia?

    I can imagine being an iPod owner in New Zealand and not having access to the iTMS because I am a 20GB iPod owner in NZ who has loaded 2029 tracks into iTunes from my CD collection ” width=”19″ height=”19″ alt=”smile” style=”border:0;” />and not from iTMS.

    Still looking forward to iTMS down under though.

  6. Okay.. so it’s not gonna be in the Summer and Napster will swoop in to underwhelm them, bragging that they have faster programmers and faster lawyers lol

  7. In Australia there is no word about any local iTMS. Nor any word on iPhoto features. In fact, except for maintaining a well established reseller network and customer support, im not exactly sure what Apple Australia actually does. I dont understand why regional offices can�t work independantly to establish local agreements with record companies. Telstra has recently opened its own online music store in Australia (at a very competitive 99cents AUD per song), thus proving a deal is possible. So, despite it being a market that it pioneered in the U.S, Apple will start behind the ball here in OZ.
    Im a big fan of Apple. But I do wish they showed some indication that they knew we existed and had money to spend! Whilst the size of our market is smaller, Apple makes much higher margins off us Aussies (at least going by the local price of their hardware and software). Whats everyone else think?

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