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Euro iTunes store launches without indie labels

The Association of Independent Music (AIM) has confirmed that Apple has failed to license repertoire from Europe's independent labels.

This news confirms Monday’s exclusive report on PC Advisor sister publication Macworld.co.uk.

"The UK launch of iTunes Music Store promises to be somewhat muted as the company has failed to license repertoire from the critically and commercially acclaimed European independent record sector to its new service," AIM states.

Repertoire from Basement Jaxx, Franz Ferdinand, Dizzee Rascal, Mr. Scruff, White Stripes, Lemon Jelly, Coldcut, Hexstatic, Roots Manuva, Jakatta, Deepest Blue, Bent, Carla Bruni, Corneille, Cinematic Orchestra and hundreds of other artists will be unavailable through Apple's service.

AIM reports that negotiations between a number of its members and Apple have broken down, meaning "many significant labels will not be making their repertoire available to the new service.

"Many companies were only approached to participate over the last few days and independent label communities across Europe including France's UPFI, Germany's VUT and Sweden's SOM have had little correspondence with Apple. The European Independent record sector commands 22 percent of the European market at retail," AIM explains.

AIM chairman and CEO Alison Wenham said: "We welcome the arrival of iTunes in the UK, but are disappointed that our members have been unable to agree terms for licensing their repertoire to the service. iTunes has played a leading role in developing the download market in the US and we hope its European counterpart will soon be able to boast a more complete roster of European music".

AIM, through its new media arm Musicindie, has agreed collective deals with Sony's Connect (launching shortly in UK), Yahoo, On Demand Distribution, Wippit, O2 Music and Sony Computer Network Corporation Japan (So-net) and remains the only organisation to have inked deals with Napster.

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