UK Mac users are desperate for the iTunes Music Store to launch in Europe, a Macworld Online poll shows.
Almost half (45 per cent) of the 1,087 readers said they want to legally download music via Apple’s consumer-friendly service. One iTunes fan wrote: "If iTunes Music Store was available here it would become my primary source for music."
Showing the global appeal of Macworld Online, A total of 14 per cent of respondent were US-based, and already using the iTunes service. However, not all iTunes users were impressed with the service. "The choice of music is pretty limited on the US store and tends to cater for average tastes," said one user.
Another reader noted that even when launched in Europe iTunes will not offer music from countries such as Japan: "I thought the whole point of the Internet was that it opens the whole world to me from my computer. I would want to use a service like this to be able to get music that isn't available in the UK.”
Peer-to-peer music consumption continues apace, thanks to a dearth of legal digital-music outlets. 17 per cent say they use peer-to-peer file-sharing services to download music, with a paltry four readers saying they use Universal’s Mac-friendly subscription-based service, Emusic.
One peer-to-peer user said: "Emusic doesn't have much of a selection, as the big five labels are missing."
Similarly, just four voters said they use some incarnation of Apple Master Peter Gabriel's OD2 service. The company works with Microsoft, Tiscali and Virgin to offer consumers 200,000 tracks on an à la carte basis across Europe.
In recent weeks the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) has begun launching lawsuits against file traders it accuses of uploading an average 1,000 songs each using peer-to-peer networks.
With a lack of alternatives in Europe, traditional means of listening to music – CDs and LPs – are still popular. 17 per cent say they rely exclusively on CDs, while 37 readers have yet to ditch their turntable, still relying on vinyl for their sounds.