iTunes in the Cloud for Movies Goes Live in Japan and 7 New European Countries

Apple today added movie support to its iTunes in the Cloud service in Japan and seven additional European countries, enabling customers in those countries to re-download content previously purchased from the iTunes Store. New support for Austria and Switzerland was noticed by iFun.de [Google translate], but the full list of new countries includes Austria, Estonia, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Lithuania, Slovenia, Switzerland.

itunes_cloud_movies_estonia
iTunes in the Cloud was first launched for music in June 2011 in the United States, with Apple adding movie and TV show support for U.S. users in March 2012. Movie coverage has been gradually expanded since that time, with the most recent addition prior to today coming back in February.

With today's expansion, there remains only a handful of countries where Apple offers movie content in the iTunes Store but not iTunes in the Cloud support for those films. That short list does, however, include several major markets for Apple such as Germany and Spain.

Top Rated Comments

JarJarThomas Avatar
106 months ago
Damn that's a shame i'm from germany and the only thing preventing me from buying movies or series.
Stupid german content companies
Score: 6 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Plutonius Avatar
106 months ago
Sorry for this hateful posting... I am happy for all the lucky ones that got the feature for today. But I hope that you can understand how we Germans feel about that?
Apple and many other content providers would love to do business in Germany. Apple is an easy target but, in this case, you have to blame policies in Germany. The content providers in Germany are doing an excellent job in keeping everyone out.

You are right, Apple is only partial guilty, but they could put more effort into the negotiations.
Germany is a huge market and I'm sure Apple along with other content provider are trying their best to get into Germany. Unfortunately, Apple has very little leverage in Germany to force the issue. I hate to say it but it's up to the German citizens to get their own laws and regulations changed to allow the content providers full access to Germany. What's unbelievable is that Netflix can't even get into Germany.
Score: 4 Votes (Like | Disagree)
tjskywasher Avatar
106 months ago
I have been reading MacRumors articles and comments for years now, but never participated on my own. Now, I only registered to write a comment for this news!

Apple bitchslapped all the Germans again! Like they did since the introduction of iTunes in the Cloud long time ago. We weren't lucky at any time that Apple announced new countries to get iTunes in the Cloud for Movies and TV shows.

It's such a shame! How dare you, Apple? I'm so mad... I mean how long should we wait for this feature in Germany? Another year? Come on!! It seems that almost every country now has this feature, except the big nation in the middle of Europe! It's a lot of money that Apple loses every day when people decide not to buy films from iTunes without the capability to redownload on all the devices at any time.

Sorry for this hateful posting... I am happy for all the lucky ones that got the feature for today. But I hope that you can understand how we Germans feel about that?

It's the movie studios and content companies delaying things, not Apple. Plus they're the ones making the money from sales, Apple makes very little.
Score: 4 Votes (Like | Disagree)
M-O Avatar
106 months ago
Now if only Sweden could get iTunes Match...

if only the US could get iTunes Match for movies.
Score: 4 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Glassed Silver Avatar
106 months ago
Still no Germany... Just like always when iTunes movies have to suck somewhere! ;)

And still no 1080p purchases or rents on non-iOS (Mac/Windows).
In fact, there doesn't seem to be any 1080p purchases, if there is 1080p it's renting and since I don't rent...

iTunes Germany is a land where this 27" iMac (not having a Blu-Ray drive) and that Apple TV seem to be sitting there doing nothing great with their displays.

(on an iTunes level... I sure know how to use those devices and use their pixel power, no smartypants now please.)

Glassed Silver:mac
Score: 4 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Sound214 Avatar
106 months ago
Now if only Sweden could get iTunes Match...
Score: 4 Votes (Like | Disagree)

Top Stories

apple california streaming event

Apple Event Announced: 'California Streaming' on September 14 With iPhone 13, Apple Watch Series 7 Expected

Tuesday September 7, 2021 9:03 am PDT by
Apple today announced that it will be holding a special event on Tuesday, September 14 at 10:00 a.m. The event will take place at the Steve Jobs Theater on the Apple Park campus in Cupertino, California. As with WWDC and last year's fall events, this new event will be held digitally with no members of the media invited to attend in person. Apple will likely provide pre-taped segments for...
iphone 12 colors 2021

iPhone 12 Colors: Deciding on The Right Color

Thursday November 5, 2020 8:35 am PST by
The iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro arrived in October 2020 in a range of color options, with entirely new hues available on both devices, as well as some popular classics. The 12 and 12 Pro have different color choices, so if you have your heart set on a particular shade, you might not be able to get your preferred model in that color. iPhone 12 mini and iPhone 12 The iPhone 12 mini and iPhone...
studio buds family

Beats Studio Buds Debuting Today With Active Noise Cancellation, Stemless Design, and More for $150

Monday June 14, 2021 8:00 am PDT by
We've seen a lot of teasers about the Beats Studio Buds over the past month since they first showed up in Apple's beta software updates, and today they're finally official. The Beats Studio Buds are available to order today in red, white, and black ahead of a June 24 ship date, and they're priced at $149.99. The Studio Buds are the first Beats-branded earbuds to truly compete with AirPods...
youtube apple tv

YouTube Discontinuing 3rd-Generation Apple TV App, AirPlay Still Available

Wednesday February 3, 2021 3:09 pm PST by
YouTube is planning to stop supporting its YouTube app on the third-generation Apple TV models, where YouTube has long been available as a channel option. A 9to5Mac reader received a message about the upcoming app discontinuation, which is set to take place in March.Starting early March, the YouTube app will no longer be available on Apple TV (3rd generation). You can still watch YouTube on...
maroon5memories

Apple Collaborates With Maroon 5 to Add 'Memories' Song to Photos App

Wednesday September 25, 2019 12:02 pm PDT by
Apple has teamed up with Maroon 5 to add the group's new song "Memories" to the Memories feature in the Photos app, allowing it to be used for photo slide show creations, reports Billboard. "Memories" will be available as a soundtrack option for a limited time and it is available to iPhone and iPad users running the latest iOS 13 and iPadOS software. Memories in the Photos app are created ...
affinity designer contour tool

Serif Updates Affinity Photo, Designer, and Publisher With New Tools and Functions

Thursday February 4, 2021 1:58 am PST by
Serif today announced across-the-board updates for its popular suite of Affinity creative apps, including Affinity Photo, Affinity Designer, and the Apple award-winning Affinity Publisher for Mac, all of which were among the first professional creative suites to be optimized for Apple's new M1 chip. "After another year which saw record numbers of people switching to Affinity, it's exciting to...
original iphone

Phil Schiller Says iPhone Was 'Earth-Shattering' Ten Years Ago and Remains 'Unmatched' Today

Monday January 9, 2017 7:15 am PST by
To commemorate the tenth anniversary of the iPhone, Apple marketing chief Phil Schiller sat down with tech journalist Steven Levy for a wide-ranging interview about the smartphone's past, present, and future. The report first reflects upon the iPhone's lack of support for third-party apps in its first year. The argument inside Apple was split between whether the iPhone should be a closed...
Top Stories 75 Thumbnail

Top Stories: Last-Minute iPhone 13 Rumors, Apple Announces App Store Changes, and More

Saturday September 4, 2021 6:00 am PDT by
The finish line is in sight! Apple's annual iPhone event is likely just a week or so away and all eyes will be on the company as it unveils the next version of its most popular product line. With any luck, we'll also see the next-generation Apple Watch and perhaps even some new AirPods. Other news this week saw Apple making some more changes to its App Store policies in response to a...
Top Stories 74 Thumbnail

Top Stories: iPhone 13 Nears Launch, Larger Apple Watch?, MacBook Pro and Mac Mini Rumors

Saturday August 28, 2021 6:00 am PDT by
August is rapidly drawing to close, which means Apple's annual iPhone launch event is right around the corner. iPhone 13 and Apple Watch Series 7 rumors are continuing to circulate, and we're also hearing about Mac updates likely coming a bit later. Apple is also finishing up work on its upcoming software updates like iOS 15, with some late-addition features starting to go live in beta while ...
iPhone 13 Wi Fi 6E feature update

Wi-Fi 6E Explained: What It Could Mean for iPhone 13 and Beyond

Monday August 2, 2021 8:00 am PDT by
The iPhone 13 is widely expected to come with Wi-Fi 6E capabilities, and while it may seem rather nuanced to the average consumer, with only improved speeds and being "up to date" in the realm of Wi-Fi technology, it's actually a fairly significant improvement, laying the groundwork for much of what we know the future holds. To truly understand Wi-Fi 6E, MacRumors sat down for an exclusive...