So iTunes is the first store to sell music (online and oofline) the united states, Microsoft wants to compete at the level of mobiles. Thus, the information published today in Les Echos said that the global launch of the service should intervir in 2009 with the launch of the new version of the platform online sales Zune Store.

Accessible from the Windows Mobile smartphones but Zune (MP3 players of the firm) and the PC, the launch should take place simultaneously with the new generation of Zune.

In order to expand its list of titles, Microsoft recently bought the French company Musiwave, which marketed already 1.5 million titles for 30 different operators in 25 countries. As for the games, Gameloft is a leading provider of market, which is expected to offer content.

Microsoft is expected to propose in the coming months a client complete Windows Mobile, which would download and listen to music legally.

This would certainly be long overdue news. Hopefully they can do it with some panache, vs the usual flat business-like design and hierarchical menus.