Tuesday, October 26, 2004, 11:00 am PT (02:00 pm ET)
Apple intros EU iTunes Music Store, iTunes 4.7Apple today launched a European Union version of its iTunes Music Store, giving music fans in Austria, Belgium, Finland, Greece, Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Portugal and Spain the same innovative features and breakthrough price of 0.99 per song that have made iTunes the number one online music service in the world. The company also announced it will launch the iTunes Music Store in Canada in November.
"Were excited to bring the iTunes Music Store to even more music fans across Europe, and with this expansion we now reach customers in almost 70 percent of the global music market," said Eddy Cue, Apples vice president of Applications. "iTunes is the worlds number one online music store, with more than 150 million downloads and over 70 percent market share in the US and UK."
The EU iTunes Music Store features over 700,000 songs from all four major music companies and more than 100 independent record labels and exclusive tracks from a wide variety of leading worldwide artists, including songs from Anastacia, Marc Anthony, Andrea Bocelli, Black Eyed Peas, Destinys Child, Duran Duran, Keane, Bob Marley, George Michael, Gianni Morandi, Nas, La Oreja de Van Gogh, Laura Pausini, The Prodigy, Gwen Stefani, Travis and Zucchero. The EU iTunes Music Store offers the exclusive iTunes Originals in-studio series featuring exclusive recording sessions and interviews with LL Cool J, Jack Johnson, PJ Harvey and Sting.
With the same personal use rights as in the US, UK, France and Germany, the EU iTunes Music Store gives users the ability to play songs on up to five personal computers, burn a single song onto CDs an unlimited number of times, burn the same playlist up to seven times and listen to their music on an unlimited number of iPods. The EU iTunes Music Store offers PC and Mac users the same innovative features including:
Pricing & Availability
iTunes 4.7—a new version Apple's jukebox software for Mac and Windows—includes the EU iTunes Music Store and is available as a free download immediately from www.itunes.com. The EU iTunes Music Store works with the Euro, and purchase and download of songs requires a valid credit card with a billing address in the country of purchase. Further information about iTunes or iPod can be found at www.apple.com
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