View Full Version : International iTunes Store Delayed

Jun 24, 2003, 08:56 PM
Linked from MacMinute (http://www.macminute.com)

Apples international users may have to wait even longer for 99 music greatness due to disputes.

From the Independent (http://news.independent.co.uk/business/news/story.jsp?story=418724)
Attempts by Apple Computer to launch a European version of its online "Music Store", where people can download individual songs, has been held up until next year by disputes between record companies and their artists over licensing.
Pascal Cagni, vice-president of Apple's European operations, said yesterday: "In Europe the legal environment [for licensing songs for download] is more complicated than in the US, so the one-price-fits-all system that the US uses is difficult to do here. And the major labels themselves haven't sorted out their rights."

Mr Cagni declined to put a date on the timing of the launch, but insisted it would not be ready by September, contrary to some reports. One music industry source said yesterday: "I don't suspect Apple will have this in Europe until next year."

King Cobra
Jun 24, 2003, 09:02 PM
Some areas of Europe don't allow audio components capable of producing over 100dB of intensity.

I wonder if the OD2 (Online Digital Distribution) is going to hype up even greater intensity from Apple's international customers.

There will always be P2P clients. That is not Apple's fault. It is the fault of those, who sponsor them. There should be no reason why record labels would continue to hold off Apple's service to as long as possible a wait with these complex legal standards of downloading music.