“Apple’s pioneering online music service iTunes has launched in parts of Europe, offering songs for 79p. It has proved enormously popular in the US, with more than 70 million songs downloaded by users in its first year. The service will be in direct competition with Napster in the UK and OD2’s European services. Most albums will cost £7.99,” Darren Waters reports for BBC News Online.
“iTunes will offer more than 700,000 songs, which can be downloaded to PC, copied to CD and played on an iPod. Most online services use Windows Media Audio format, while iTunes uses a different format that means tracks downloaded [from] the store can be played only on one portable device, the iPod,” Waters reports.
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MacDailyNews Take: Good thing everybody has an iPod then – right, Darren?
Apple UK has not yet updated their site. We are monitoring to see if they will add the same “iPod + iTunes” tab that the US Apple site currently sports.
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