Apple CEO Steve Jobs has dismissed the agreement reached with the Beatles' Apple Corp record label in 1989 that prohibited use of the Apple name or logo in conjunction with activity in the music business.

Jobs told UK national newspaper The Independent: "Apple Corporation and Apple signed a legal agreement more than a decade ago. I wasn't there, and it says what each company can do with their trademark. I inherited that, and right now there's a disagreement about this. It's a trademark dispute. We might have to get a judge to decide on it."

To emphasise that he would not let the lawsuit block his plans to sell online music Jobs opened his Apple Expo keynote with the Johnny Cash version of Beatles track In My Life.

In the interview, Jobs also dashed hopes of a pre-Christmas launch of iTunes Music Store for Europe: "Difficulties over negotiating licensing rights with music companies mean a European version of iTunes will not be available until next year."