Sony Connect to Launch 5 July, Late

In Europe, that is. Sony Connect, the online music service from Sony, will launch in the UK, France and Germany next week offering a choice of 500,000 songs.

The service will go live on Monday, 5 July in those three territories, followed by stores for Switzerland, Austria, the Scandinavian countries and the Netherlands by the end of the year. Spanish and Italian stores will open in the spring of 2005.

Like Apple, Connect will offer songs for £0.79 in the UK and