Australians are feeling hard-done-by following the launch of the iTunes Music Store in the UK, France and Germany.

The Sydney Morning Herald whinges: "The Poms, and other Europeans, now have iTunes Music Store - and we are still out in the cold."

Apple Australia "regretfully" has no news of iTMS for Oz.

The reporter presumes the reason for the delay to be problems with digital rights management deals.

In Australia, ISP BigPond's deal with the Big Five labels limits customers to burning three CDs, using only two portable players that must be registered with BigPond Music. Tracks cannot be transferred to another PC – even if you buy a new PC.