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iTunes Music Store Launches in 56 New Countries, Movies Arrive in Four

Earlier today, we noted that the iTunes Music Store had gone live in Russia and Turkey, but now that changes have propagated throughout iTunes and we've had time to collect reports, it now appears that Apple is selling music through the iTunes Store in 56 new countries. The additions nearly double the number of countries in which the iTunes Music Store operates.


The new countries include:

- Europe: Belarus, Moldova, Russia, Turkey, Ukraine

- Africa, the Middle East and India: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Cape Verde, Egypt, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea-Bissau, India, Israel, Jordan, Kenya, Lebanon, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Niger, Nigeria, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Swaziland, United Arab Emirates, Uganda, Zimbabwe

- Asia Pacific: Fiji, Indonesia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Micronesia, Mongolia, Nepal, Papua New Guinea, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan

- Latin America and the Caribbean: Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bermuda, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Dominica, Grenada, St. Kitts and Nevis, Trinidad and Tobago

Beyond music, four of the new countries have also seen Apple roll out access to movies: India, Indonesia, Russia, and Turkey.

Update 9:08 PM: Apple has published a press release confirming that it has launched the iTunes Store in 56 new countries.

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24 months ago

When did Russia and Turkey become European? They are definitely on the continental side of Asia. You could say they are part of Eurasia, but definitely not Europe.


They're technically on both continents.



Rating: 18 Votes
24 months ago
"Kazakhstan,"

Great success!
Rating: 16 Votes
24 months ago
Damn...the Apple train ain't slowing down at all.
Rating: 10 Votes
24 months ago
I can't imagine not having had access to iTunes Stores for so long.
Rating: 8 Votes
24 months ago

Hah! Moldova, Belarus...

Like those are real places.

Nice one Apple.



seriously? why don't you get your head out of the ground and check out a map, and maybe get some culture knowledge while you're at it.
Rating: 7 Votes
24 months ago
Hah! Moldova, Belarus...

Like those are real places.


Nice one Apple.
Rating: 5 Votes
24 months ago
It many of these countries people can't even afford a normal mobile phone let alone an iPhone.:o
Rating: 4 Votes
24 months ago
As a US resident, it baffles me how long it has taken to roll out to some of these countries. I mean we have had the iTunes Music Store for over 9 years over here! Licensing just must be a real pain.
Rating: 4 Votes
24 months ago

It many of these countries people can't even afford a normal mobile phone let alone an iPhone.:o


You don't need an iPhone to buy music on iTunes.

BTW iTunes has been the largest music retailer in the US for over 4 years now, and now sells more music than all US CD retailers combined. Those people may want to ditch CDs without resorting to piracy too.
Rating: 4 Votes
24 months ago

But You need an Apple device or not, genuine question?


No, if you don't have an iDevice you can simply use the iTunes software on PC or Mac. If it only worked for Apple hardware owners I doubt it would be the #1 music retailer worldwide.
Rating: 4 Votes

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