It was a criticism of Apple iTunes when it launched over here. Yes great service, loads of mainstream tracks from the major record labels but where are the indies.
While independents are a relatively small part of the market in the US they account for 25 per cent of sales in the UK – and are popular with the very kind of people who download music. Anyway, it seems Apple has partly addressed the problem by signing three independents: Beggars Group, Sanctuary Records Group and V2.
This means you can now download music from several big names including Morrissey, The Pixies, Prodigy, Stereophonics, Paul Weller, Basement Jaxx, The Libertines and The White Stripes.
However, before you get too excited it’s worth pointing out that there are still plenty of indies who haven’t signed on the dotted line yet and that Sony Connect, Napster and OD2 (the main European distributor) all have a better selection of indie tunes.