The questionable taste in music of the 39 "European" countries taking part in Saturday's Eurovision Song Contest may be due to the fact that only 17 have access to their own iTunes Music Store.
The iTunes Music Store is now spread across much of Europe, with the exception of the following Eurovision countries: Albania, Andorra, Belarus, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Estonia, Macedonia, Hungary, Iceland, Israel, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Moldova, Monaco, Poland, Romania, Russia, Serbia & Montenegro, Slovenia, Turkey, and the Ukraine.
But this may be about to change; Think Secret is reporting that a Russian iTunes Music Store may be on its way. According to Think Secret's sources, Apple has been working on an iTunes-related project with its Russian office for two months.
However, there is some concern that Apple will not be able to compete with the already established music download services in the Russian marketplace. These services, such as AllOfMP3.com offer downloads for pennies and still claim to comply with copyright laws. Apple's 79 pence per track could prove too high for our Russian cousins.