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...

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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