European iTunes: 15th June?

Apple has let major publications know that it intends to make a big announcement on 15th June, but isn’t giving away exactly what it is. The giveaway is that the press conference is billed “The biggest story in music is about to get even bigger”, and the invite carries the iPod dancing people motif. We think it’s going to be European iTunes – but will no doubt be disappointed when it turns out to be the UK launch of iTunes Mini.

Some websites are already quoting 15th June as an established fact – it’s just wild speculation at the moment, Apple aren’t telling anyone.

Which countries will get iTunes? How much will it cost? How many songs? Perhaps all will be revealed in the next few days.


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Fraser Lovatt

Fraser Lovatt has spent the last fifteen years working in publishing, TV and the Internet in various capacities, and believes that they will be seperate platforms for at least a while yet. His main interests at the moment are exploring where Linux is taking home entertainment and how technology is conferring technical skills on more and more people. Fraser Lovatt was born in the same year that 2001: A Space Odyssey was delighting and confusing people in the cinemas, and developed a lifelong love of technology as soon as he realised that things could be taken apart, sometimes put back together again, but mostly left in bits or made into something the original designer hadn't quite planned upon. At school he was definitely in the ZX Spectrum/Magpie/BMX camp, rather than the BBC Micro/Blue Peter/well-behaved group. This is all deeply ironic as he later went on to spend nine years working at the BBC. After a few years of working as a bookseller in Scotland, ("Back when it was actually a skilled profession" he'll tell anyone still listening), he moved to England for reasons he can't quite explain adequately to himself. After a couple of publishing jobs punctuated by sporadic bursts of travelling and photography came the aforementioned nine years at the BBC where he specialised in internet technologies and video. These days his primary interests are Java, Linux, videogames and pies - and if they're not candidates for convergence, then what is?