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iTunes Music Store faces hurdles in Europe

Billboard reports that Apple’s success with its iTunes Music Store in the US will be much harder to duplicate in Europe due to the region’s complex multilingual, multicultural and multi-regulatory issues. “There’s a big race for Europe. In the first half of next year, we can expect four to five of the big U.S. names in Europe,” says John Rose, London-based EMI Group’s executive VP. Speaking at Apple Expo Paris in September, Apple CEO Steve Jobs said the company was targeting a European launch in 2004. Interestingly, Apple UK spokesman Alan Hely told Billboard that he cannot provide more details because of the current legal dispute between Apple and Apple Corp., the Beatles’ record label.

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