In yet another bold announcement that lengthens Apple’s lead in the digital music world, rocked – and there’s, I think, a Sting song, too… what was that?”
In addition to the current stores in the U.S., U.K., Germany, and France, Schiller and Joswiak announced that Apple will debut its previously-announced “pan-European” store in October, bringing free weekly encrypted digital downloads by bands you’ve never heard of to Belgium, Spain, Portugal, Italy, Austria, Denmark, Luxembourg, Andorra, Monaco, Vatican City, Poland, and Melilla and Ceuta
“At long last, the long-suffering Mac users of those autonomous city enclaves on the African coast that are technically Spanish possessions can rock out to our great music store,” Schiller said. “All six of them!”
Joswiak also pointed out that the award-winning American version of the iTunes Music Store would add an “international” feature section. This new section will promote the top-selling artists from every country of the world.
“Except Canada,” Joswiak said. “Our research indicates nobody wants to hear Canadian music. If you can even call the horrible noise those flash-frozen rock curlers make ‘music’. Celine Dion and Brian Adams. Right.”
Schiller, suspected by many to be Canadian himself, said nothing as Joswiak spoke, but did twitch momentarily.
When asked about future countries that might also join the iTunes Nation, Schiller dropped a hint that early next year Apple would finally create a store to meet the needs of a major North American country that has been previously ignored by every single one of Apple’s online music efforts.
“Of course, it’s Apple’s policy not to comment on future products,” Schiller said. “So all I can say is, ¡Amamos música!”
Pressed by a gaggle of Canadian journalists about just when the Music Store might come to Canada, Schiller simply twitched again.
Stepping hastily up the microphone, Joswiak noted that Apple is currently extremely busy “completing deals for an iTunes Music Store Antarctica.”