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Apple signs major indie labels to Euro iTunes

updated 12:05 pm EDT, Wed July 21, 2004

Euro iTMS signs indies

Apple today announced that it has signed licensing agreements with three of the largest European independent music labels, , adding tens of thousands of additional independent tracks to the iTunes Music Store in the UK, France and Germany. "With three of the most influential independent record labels on board, iTunes Music Store customers in Europe now have access to an impressive catalog of independent artists including Basement Jaxx, The Crystal Method, Interpol, The Libertines, Morrissey, the Pixies, Prodigy, Stereophonics, Paul Weller and The White Stripes."

Quotes from the press release include:

"We're thrilled to add three of Europe's largest indie labels to our iTunes Music Store in the UK, France and Germany," said Steve Jobs, Apple's CEO. "We welcome Beggars, Sanctuary and V2 to the iTunes family, and plan to add many more independent labels soon."

"Apple has revolutionized the music industry, and iTunes and iPod are changing the listening habits of music fans at an incredible pace," said Martin Mills, chairman of Beggars Group. "In the US, some of our key individual tracks are selling in quantities that have been inconceivable for years. We're delighted that we and other independent music labels are now joining iTunes in Europe."

"We see this as an opportunity to bring our extensive repertoire to a very active community of music fans," said Joe Cokell, CEO of Sanctuary Records Group. "With this agreement, iTunes users will have immediate access to contemporary new releases from Morrissey and The Libertines as well as vintage catalogues from classic artists, including Bob Marley, Black Sabbath and the Sex Pistols."

"After experiencing tremendous success with the iTunes Music Store in the US we are thrilled to be taking our relationship to Europe," said Tony Harlow, CEO of V2. "Now music lovers in the UK, France and Germany will be able to download great music from the likes of Paul Weller, Stereophonics and The Datsuns."

by MacNN Staff





  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969



    When will they bring on radiohead!! How will I ever find out what all this love affair over radiohead is about if I can't get their music on the iTMS?

  1. chas_m




    There's not much to say beyond the fact that this is great news that will ensure the success of the iTMS in Europe.

  1. JHromadka

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Will these tracks also be available in the US store?

  1. csimon2

    Joined: Dec 1969


    how many songs?

    does itms have now available?

  1. noka

    Joined: Dec 1969


    great news...

    this is good news...

    radiohead... i think it's up to the band and their label whether they appear on the itms or not... maybe itms isn't cool enough for thom.

  1. ParkgatePete

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Re: Blast

    You could of course go to your store and buy the actual CD. Or is ordering through Amazon too hard?

  1. Droesemix

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Helleuh, Europe is bigger

    Any chance that the Dutch can spend their money at the iTMS ? When we're making our wooden shoes we like some music, you know...

  1. Stephane

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Full iTMS Europe to come

    SJ told that a pan-european iTMS would be available in October.

  1. PookJP

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Give us Radiohead!!!

  1. fuzzy bo

    Joined: Dec 1969


    What about Down Under?

    Yay extra songs for "Europe", but HEY APPLE! The entire Southern Hemisphere is waiting. Come to the Great South Land - Australia (insert forceful yet encouraging words here)!!!

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