“Digital download service Napster scored a major victory over archrival iTunes by launching in Britain on Thursday, the first of the high-flying Internet music stores to make their European debut,” Reuters reports. “In a move that surprised many in the industry, Napster announced that as of Thursday the music download and song-streaming service would be live to users in Britain only. It kept the launch date a tight secret, previously saying only it would make its UK arrival by the end of summer.”
Reuters reports, “Officials from Apple Computer, which runs the wildly popular iTunes service in the United States, declined to elaborate on their European launch plans, saying only it will be by the end of the year. Cracking the European market before iTunes is considered crucial for Napster. Apple beat Napster by six months in the United States last year and has established a commanding lead in the small but growing digital music industry.”
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MacDailyNews Take: Expect Apple’s iTMS for the UK sooner rather than later.