iTunes Store Opens For Business In 56 New Countries
December 4, 2012 at 4:26 AM (PT)
APPLEINSIDER reports, "The near doubling of iTUNES STORE coverage comes hours after reports trickled in claiming that iTUNES was being activated in RUSSIA, TURKEY and SOUTH AFRICA, with users in those countries able to purchase music and videos from APPLE's online store."
APPLE had sent out invitations on MONDAY saying the iTUNES team would be "holding a musical evening" in MOSCOW on TUESDAY, writing "The iTUNES STORE features local artists including ELKA in RUSSIA, SEZEN AKSU in TURKEY, AR RAHMAN in INDIA and ZAHARA in SOUTH AFRICA, International artists including THE BEATLES, TAYLOR SWIFT and COLDPLAY, and world-renowned classical musicians including LANG LANG, YO YO MA and YUJA WANG. Customers can choose from over 20 million songs available to purchase and download on the iTUNES STORE. The huge rollout is evidence of APPLE's continued work to expand the reach of world's largest music store by striking deals with regional music publishers and extend current licenses overseas.".
Music will be available for downloading in all 56 new countries, however only RUSSIA, TURKEY, INDIA and INDONESIA will receive access to movie and video purchases.