It seems that the European iTunes Music Store is being held up by our own Fab Four. The legal battle between Apple Computers and Apple Records is reported on MacNN to put the store on hold for a further ten months!! (I know. I don't know how I'll cope either). You see, Apple Records agreed to let Apple Computers use the name back in the 80s, as long as Apple didn't venture into anything to do with music. Well, that was in the days before mpegs (At the time I did wonder how Apple were allowed to launch the Music Store with this legal agreement in force). Well the past has caught up them and Apple Records see the Music Store and the iPod as infringement. Nevertheless, I can't see Apple closing their Music Store in the US (tracks by The Beatles aren't for sale by the way), so only God knows how it will take to be resolved.
All of us who are waiting for our own AAC download service may be in for a very long wait indeed.