Napster CEO Chris Gorog has warned music delegates at the Midem international music fair in Cannes to "stay-off the Apple platform".

Gorog's attempt to convince music execs they should make their record catalogues available on Napster rather than Apple was based on claims that Napster's Windows-based PC platform is compatible with two-thirds of all the mobile music devices currently available.

This dispute between Napster and Apple could be a taste of things to come. The report on Mail & Guardian Online (an African online newspaper) suggests: "2004 could see war break out between the fledgling host of new legitimate online stores due to launch this year".

And Europe is likely to see the music revolution reach its computer screens with full force soon: both Apple and Napster have confirmed that they will launch their European music download services in the first half of this year.