The iPod Generation Rejoices: The Online Music Store Is Here Article By Charles Arthur 06/13/04 Independent on Sunday Despite the threat, rivals in the UK and Europe are looking forward...

Guy Brighton
  • 14 june 2004

For the iPod generation, it will be the only way to buy music. The iTunes Music Store — which has already taken America by storm — will be available to British consumers from Tuesday.

The service will be launched by the charismatic chief executive of Apple Computer, Steve Jobs, making a rare visit to London. And that will set in train a process that could see high street record shops struggling to compete within a few years. Apple aims to dominate the burgeoning online music business, which analysts expect to be worth billions of pounds in the next few years as high-speed connections become more common in the home and make downloading the multi-megabyte music files quick and painless.

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