We use cookies to provide you with a better experience. If you continue to use this site, we'll assume you're happy with this. Alternatively, click here to find out how to manage these cookies

hide cookie message
80,259 News Articles

Windows iTunes service 'by end of year'

US PC users to get Apple's download service, but still no news on UK launch

Apple remains on track to deliver a Windows version of its iTunes Music Store by the end of the year, a senior executive said last week.

Apple's director of marketing consumer applications, Peter Lowe, confirmed the plans in an interview with a top digital-media analyst.

Lowe said, "There is a broad set of stuff that needs to be supported. We are working away at it and are on track to deliver it by the end of the year. Developing Windows software can be a challenge at the best of times, as there are so many configurations of Windows PCs and connectivity peripherals."

Discussing the response to the service, Lowe added: "It has been more successful than we hoped. Some of our music partners hoped for a million sales in the first month. We sold over three million tracks in the first month."

Apple's triumph in a traditionally tricky area has boosted the entire market. While Lowe didn't discuss extending the company's service to other territories, the impact has already been felt in Europe and the UK.

Sony Music today announced it would begin selling music downloads in the UK through the OD2 service. Sony was the last major company to join the digital distribution market in Europe.

IDG UK Sites

Best Christmas 2014 UK tech deals, Boxing Day 2014 UK tech deals & January sales 2015 UK tech...

IDG UK Sites

LED vs Halogen: Why now could be the right time to invest in LED bulbs

IDG UK Sites

Christmas' best ads: See great festive spots studios have created to promote themselves and clients

IDG UK Sites

Why Apple shouldn't be blamed for exploitation in China and Indonesia