New Zealand music fans are looking forward to the launch of iTunes in their country.

While Australian music lovers have been able to access iTunes since October last year, across the water in New Zealand, music, Mac and iPod fans have been forced to wait.

Apple has owned the domain since 2004. Apple's local representatives have so far declined to comment on the reports, which first emerged on the New Zealand Herald website last weekend.

That report speculated the service may launch as soon as "Wednesday or Thursday" this week.

It also revealed that the publication had an interview arranged with an Apple executive to discuss "a new product".

Adding grist to the Kiwi rumour mill, local digital music distributor last week put out an appeal for New Zealand acts to submit their music to the local version of iTunes.

Apple's Sydney-based Australia and New Zealand public relations manager Fiona Martin would neither confirm nor deny the rumour: "What happens with everything we launch, we let you know on the same day," she told a local version of Time Out.

Apple being Apple, the service could bring the music to New Zealand any time this week.