iTunes Canada Launched

Published: 2004-12-03
iTunes, a legal music download service from Apple, previously unavailable in Canada, finally launched its much anticipated Canadian online store yesterday. The service works jointly with Apple's iPod portable music player and is compatible with Macs and PCs. Users can now browse 700, 000 tracks from both major and independent labels. Though all types of music are available, iTunes Canadian site plays to a musical sense of patriotism, promoting songs from homegrown acts such as The Tragically Hip, Alanis Morissette, K-OS, and Sarah McLachlan in addition to current chart topping material from bands like Green Day and U2. You can download single songs for 99 cents a piece or full albums starting at $9.99.

Eddy Cue, Apple's Vice President of Applications, had this to say about the launch on

"The demand across Canada for the iTunes Music Store has been overwhelming. We are excited to be able to offer music fans in Canada their own customized iTunes Music Store featuring many top Canadian artist exclusives."

The news was not all good, however, as some users were posting messages of initial dissatisfaction with service on Apple message boards, complaining of a lack of songs, disparities between the Canadian and US sites, and even an under-abundance of Canadian material. Time will tell if the initial kinks will be worked out on this one.

Writer: Joe Henley



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