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European iTMS Expansion Coming In October

European iTMS Expansion Coming In October

by , 3:30 PM EDT, September 29th, 2004

An Apple exec has told Reuters that the company will be expanding its European iTunes Music Store in October. Vice president Eddie Cue told the news service that Apple is on pace to cover "a good portion" of Western Europe, whereas Apple is currently operating its music store only in France, Germany, and the UK, as well as the US. From Reuters:

"We are well on pace to launch more EU stores. We will do it next month," Eddie Cue, Apple's vice president of applications told music executives at the annual Popkomm conference in the German capital on Wednesday.

In typical Apple style, the computer maker gave scant details of the hotly anticipated launch. He told reporters on the sidelines it would likely include more than five new countries in the next wave of stores.

"It will cover a good portion of Western Europe," he said of the launch, but declined to elaborate.

There is additional information in the full article, including news of a 6-month wait at some BMW dealerships for that auto maker's iPod adapter, and other related info.

The Mac Observer Spin:

Apple's music machine keeps rolling, and is making steady progress. Considering the obstacles to uniform pricing across the patchwork of countries that comprise the European Union, a prerequisite for Apple, the company has actually done quite well in rolling out its European iTMS.

For those keeping score at home, those obstacles include a plethora of different and sometimes conflicting copyright laws, as well as a host of different agencies whose job it is to regulate those copyrights, and manage royalties generated from copyrights.

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