Apple UK iTunes Music Store: songs for 79p, albums for £7.99

“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.

Full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: Good thing everybody has an iPod then – right, Darren? wink

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.

Related MacDailyNews articles:
Details on Apple’s iTunes Music Store launch for the UK, France & Germany – June 15, 2004
Apple debuts iTunes Music Store for UK, Germany, France; ‘rest of Europe’ coming this October – June 15, 2004

40 Comments

  1. The responce from the “competition” will be interesting ” width=”19″ height=”19″ alt=”wink” style=”border:0;” />
    PS I actually had first post but it never got posted 🙁 never mind I get 4th post instead.

  2. also:
    “The iTunes Music Store will be releasing its first ever iTunes Originals in-studio series featuring an exclusive recording session and interview clips with Alanis Morissette.

    �I am the type of artist who wants to reach a lot of people, and the iTunes Music Store is the best way in the world to do that,� said Grammy-award winning singer/songwriter Alicia Keys. �With iTunes, Apple has taken music distribution and promotion to a new level that can be embraced by fans and artists alike.�

    Interesting…

  3. Again Steve, you forgot your next door neighbour and best friend … Canada. I’m tired that Apple treats us like 2nd class citizens, or 3rd since we are now coming after Europe. I may switch over to Windoze just because of that.

  4. JL,

    Blame your countries rights organisations. Rumor has it they are dragging their feet favoring local download services. Your welcome to switch to Windoze….

  5. pkradd

    Don’t be so harsh. It’s sometimes tough being outside the window looking at the Apple party. Canada will have to get iTMS sometime soon. I can’t see Le Pomme ignoring the other G7 economies for long.

  6. I just checked on Macnn and aparently you can purchase from the iTMS in the UK no problems, so everything is obviously up and running – unlike some other online stores first few hours of sales…. ” width=”19″ height=”19″ alt=”wink” style=”border:0;” />

  7. pkradd,

    You are certainly contributing to increasing the ranks of Apple devotees with such comments. If indeed it is the Canadian government that is dragging its feet can somebody give me the address of the responsible agency, maybe the CRTC so that I can blast them. Do you know that in Canada it is legal to download music for free. However I buy my music so that the artists get their dues. I’ll continue buying CDs from artists outside of Canada but not from Canadian artists. I’ll download those for free. Maybe if enough canadians do that, the stupid bureaucrats will get it or at least they may get pressured by artists that are increasingly loosing sales.

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