Apple Computer says it has sold 5 million European downloads in the 10 weeks since launching its iTunes Music Store in the United Kingdom, Germany and France. Philip Schiller, Apple's senior VP of wor

Apple Computer says it has sold 5 million European downloads in the 10 weeks since launching its iTunes Music Store in the United Kingdom, Germany and France.

Philip Schiller, Apple's senior VP of worldwide product marketing, made the announcement today (Aug. 31) during his keynote speech at the Apple Expo in Paris.

The European sales do not stack up to those reported by the U.S. version of the download store, which sold the same amount of tracks in just eight weeks following its launch in April 2003.

The computer giant rolled out its download service in the three biggest European recorded music markets on June 15. German labels body BPW and the British Phonographic Industry have since reported outstanding growth in their respective download markets.

An Apple Computer spokesman confirms that the company has its sights set on an October launch for its pan-European iTunes Music Store.

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