Napster and Apple confirmed today (Jan. 24) plans to rollout this year their respective online services to the European market.

Napster and Apple confirmed today (Jan. 24) plans to rollout this year their respective online services to the European market. Eddy Cue, VP of applications and Internet services for Apple, confirmed at MidemNet that his company plans to launch iTunes in Europe in 2004, without revealing any specific timetable.

Competitor Napster is also likely to enter the European market this year, according to Chris Gorog, chairman and CEO of Napster's parent company Roxio. "We are coming [to Europe] in 2004," he told MidemNet delegates. "We are working towards an approach to create local national versions of Napster. We'll spend time sourcing local talent and reflect the cultures and content from the different countries."

Gorog added that the main obstacle to the launch in Europe is "the clearances of catalogs. We are met with a red carpet by labels but there is still a lot of wrangling."

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