France's largest entertainment chain, La Fnac, is launching its own music download service on Saturday.
Like the iTunes Music Store, also available in France, tracks will be available for 99 cents each and albums for 9.99 euros.
Files are encoded in WMA format and are therefore incompatible with the iPod, however, according to a report on iPodgeneration, Fnac will offer iPod owners a CD so that they can burn the music they purchase from the service and then import it into iTunes.
The company is said to be in talks with Apple to reach an agreement whereby the store will be able to offer compatibility with the iPod. If negotiations fail they intend to file a complaint against Apple the French arm of Virgin did in August.