An agreement with one major record company stands between Australian
iPod users and their Holy Grail – the long-awaited Apple iTunes Music
A source said yesterday Apple had planned to launch an Australian
version of its popular online music store last Thursday, as widely
touted, but the launch was thwarted by one unnamed major record
company that refused to sign an agreement in time.
The hurdle reportedly forced Apple to cancel radio advertisements
ordered for the date, and it is expected to delay iTunes’s launch by
days, or possibly weeks, as song and album prices and payments are
negotiated with the holdout label.