“Apple Computer will announce next week its long-awaited European version of the iTunes online music store, sources familiar with the matter say. The announcement will be made on June 15, said sources familiar with the necessary licensing negotiations between Apple and music labels,” Bernhard Warner and Lucas van Grinsven report for Reuters.
“An Apple spokesman in Holland declined to comment on the specifics of the launch. However, Apple issued a statement on Monday that it would host a press conference in London on June 15. Apple billed the event, ‘the biggest story in music is about to get even bigger.’ Traditionally when Apple announces a new product or service, it is available straight away, adding to the speculation that the service will go live next week,” Warner and van Grinsven report.
“Apple launched iTunes in the United States over a year ago, capturing a commanding lead in the nascent market for music downloads… Noting the considerable buzz around iTunes and the growing market for Apple’s iPod digital music player, analysts expect Apple to catch rivals quickly in Europe… pple has kept the specifics of its plans in Europe a closely guarded secret. The company is expected to detail next week which countries it will serve and with how many songs,” Warner and van Grinsven report.
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MacDailyNews Take: The UK is pretty much a certainty. The real question is which other Eurpoean countries will be included.