December 2, 2004 9:38 AM PST

Apple delivers iTunes Canada

Apple Computer on Thursday launched a version of its iTunes online music service in Canada.

The company said its Canadian site will offer the same features as its U.S. and European iTunes operations, including access to more than 700,000 individual songs and incorporation of the same content usage rights applied to its existing services. The service will charge 99 Canadian cents (83 cents) per track.

The launch comes just days after Apple missed its previously announced deadline to introduce the service. The company had originally expected to take iTunes live in Canada by the end of November.

"It's a lot of hard work," said Apple vice president Eddy Cue. "It took us a few extra hours than we thought it would."

In addition to hammering out details over song rights and taxes, Apple also made the Canadian store bilingual--with listings in both French and English.

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