Workers at Apple's Irish operations in Cork are gloomy this morning – Ireland still remains outside the reach of iTunes Europe.

The company has now extended the store to Austria, Belgium, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Portugal, Spain and the UK. Ireland, however, remains beyond the pale.

The Mac Information Web site has a statement on the matter from Apple Europe:

"Today we announced the opening of the EU iTunes Music Store which covers nine Countries in Europe. We are not announcing any new stores beyond Canada in November at this point of time. We are committed to expanding the iTunes Music Store globally and will announce new countries as and when they come on board."