Euro iTunes: Across the lake

Steve Jo--iTunes market shareAcross the lake called the Atlantic, a funny thing happened to day. Euro iTunes. I think the Apple press release puts it best:
LONDON—June 15, 2004—Apple® today launched its revolutionary iTunes® Music Store in the UK, France and Germany giving music fans there the same large online catalogue, a la carte pricing, free previews, one-click purchasing and downloading, and groundbreaking personal use rights that have made iTunes the number one online music service in the world. With Apple’s legendary ease of use, pioneering features such as iMix playlist sharing, and breakthrough pricing of just €0.99 and £0.79, the iTunes Music Store is the best way for Mac® and PC users in the UK, France and Germany to legally discover, purchase and download music online. Apple also today announced that it will launch a European Union version of the iTunes Music Store in October of this year.
The press release goes on to mention that iTunes is the number one legal music download store, which with the picture to the left makes perfect sense.
Tim: Even though it doens’t pertain to me quite much I think this day marks a pivotal one in which the crown should be duly place on the head of Apple. Many stores that attempted to compete with iTunes have since shutdown and the ones currently in operation, here in the states, are struggling to do so. Users have spoken once again and said they desire quality over name branded stores that try to ride upon the failure of past ventures. Apple has presented the better poduct(s) and people are taking notice.
Now only if they will may attention to the operating system and learn to embrace it as a unique and capable system.
The picture comes from Macworld.co.uk.