Apple will expand its iTunes Music Store service across Europe next month.

Company CEO Steve Jobs promised the move when launching iTunes in the UK, Germany and France on June 15. Now, speaking at the annual Popkomm conference in Germany, Apple's vice president of applications, Eddy Cue, confirmed the plan remains the same, according to Reuters.

"We are well on pace to launch more EU stores. We will do it next month," he said.

While declining to give details, he said it would "likely" include more than five new countries. "It will cover a good portion of Western Europe", he said.

Apple also acknowledged it has had a difficult time sourcing the crucial locally-created music it needs from labels in some countries.

Cue also promised more moves to integrate its music playing iPods into cars.