updated 03:05 pm EST, Tue December 2, 2003
ITMS for Australia
An Australian version of Apple's iTunes is , while Microsoft's Ninemsn joint venture has announced plans to offer music downloads beginning early next year, according to Australian IT. The article notes that the "Ninemsn's music service will sell music from BMG, EMI, Festival Mushroom, Sony, Universal and Warner Music in partnership with European music distributor OD2. The partnership will also provide music from independent labels such as Ministry of Sound and Beggars Banquet as part of a 250,000 track catalogue. Tracks will be available in Windows Media format. Ninemsn managing director Martin Hoffman said the company would also attempt to secure agreements with Australian-based independent labels."