iTunes Music Store to Debut Across Latin America on December 8th? [Updated]

The Next Web summarizes several reports from the Brazilian media claiming that Apple is preparing to launch its iTunes Music Store in Brazil and perhaps throughout Latin America on December 8th. While users in many of these countries currently have access to the App Store, they have been unable to purchase music through iTunes.

According to the weekly Brazilian magazine Veja, the launch of iTunes Music Store even has a date, being scheduled for December 8th. While it seems very soon, Apple has been getting ready beyond the scenes and already closed deals with Brazilian music labels, Veja said.

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Veja followed up on its initial piece today, declaring that the Store will launch all across Latin America on the same date, except in Mexico where it is already available.

The report notes that the iTunes Music Store, like the App Store in these countries, will offer pricing in U.S. dollars rather than local currencies, requiring users to hold international credit cards for paid purchases. According to Veja, local currency pricing should arrive for Latin American countries in about six months. The situation is reminiscent of the one in China, where Apple initially required payment in U.S. currency for the App Store but recently began accepting the local renminbi currency.

Apple appears to be taking significant steps to increase its presence in Brazil and the broader Latin American market, working with manufacturing partner Foxconn to launch iPhone and iPad production in Brazil in order to avoid high import taxes that have so far hampered adoption of Apple's products there.

Update: The Associated Press reports that Brazil's major music publishers organization is close to a deal with Apple, setting the stage for an iTunes Store launch by the middle of December.

Executive Director Michaela Couto of the Brazilian Union of Music Publishers tells the O Globo newspaper that negotiations with Apple Inc. are at an "advanced stage" and that iTunes could be launched in Brazil by mid-December.

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116 months ago

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Excellent comment. Demonstrates the enormous enthusiasm the iTunes expansion is generating. :rolleyes: :D
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116 months ago
Good for Apple and Latin America. Win, win.
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116 months ago
About time... Latinamerica is like the forgotten continent of most american an european companies.
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116 months ago
Awesome expansion!
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116 months ago

Los precios son mucho mas elevados que en otros países, producto creo yo de los aranceles de importación en el caso de los bienes físicos. También es de notar en la App Store los precios siempre han sido en pesos mexicanos, y la selección de música en la tienda iTunes es bastante buena. Hace poco subieron a 12 pesos la canción, estaban en 10.


Completamente falso, dada la paridad del peso mexicano con el dólar americano.

*Translation for those of you who care... this poster is arguing that iTunes Store prices in Mexico are "much higher", i'm pointing out that that is false given the currency exchange.
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116 months ago
You know what would be cool? If Apple some way could let us who are in the U.S. to be able to download from other countries, such as a way to covert iTunes card money or something. The reason I would like to see this is because a lot of stuff that get release on iTunes in different countries do not get released here in the states such as: Ministry of Sound Albums and Compilations.

That is kind of why I sometimes miss Virgin Mega store for imports.
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