updated 08:55 pm EST, Mon November 3, 2003
Apple's future success with an could prove to be bitter fruit, according to BillBoard: "Apple's plans to take a bite out of the still nascent European sector will depend strongly on its capacity to deal with the region's complex multilingual, multicultural and multi-regulatory issues. Moreover, it will face intense competition from already established music e-tailers and other U.S. rivals. Industry sources say that Apple had hoped to launch iTunes in Europe by the end of this year, but plans were delayed. Alan Hely, Apple Europe's U.K.-based spokesman says that he cannot provide more details because of the current legal dispute between Apple Computer and Apple Corp., the Beatles' record label. The two are at odds regarding the use of the Apple brand name."