Apple Launches App Store, iCloud, Apple Podcasts, Apple Arcade and Apple Music in Several More Countries

Apple has broadened the reach of its major services, including the App Store, iCloud, Apple Podcasts, and Apple Arcade, by announcing their launch in 20 additional countries starting today. Apple also said on Tuesday it was expanding the availability of Apple Music to 52 additional countries.

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"We're delighted to bring many of Apple's most beloved Services to users in more countries than ever before," said Oliver Schusser, Apple's vice president of Apple Music and International Content. "We hope our customers can discover their new favorite apps, games, music, and podcasts as we continue to celebrate the world's best creators, artists, and developers."

The ‌App Store‌, ‌Apple Arcade‌, ‌Apple Music‌, ‌Apple Podcasts‌ and ‌iCloud‌ are now available in the following countries and regions:

  • Africa: Cameroon, Côte d’Ivoire, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Gabon, Libya, Morocco, Rwanda, and Zambia.
  • Asia-Pacific: Maldives and Myanmar.
  • Europe: Bosnia and Herzegovina, Georgia, Kosovo, Montenegro, and Serbia.
  • Middle East: Afghanistan (excluding ‌Apple Music‌) and Iraq.
  • Oceania: Nauru (excluding ‌Apple Music‌), Tonga, and Vanuatu.

‌Apple Music‌ is also expanding to the following countries and regions:

  • Africa: Algeria, Angola, Benin, Chad, Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Mozambique, Namibia, Republic of the Congo, Senegal, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Tanzania, and Tunisia.
  • Asia-Pacific: Bhutan.
  • Europe: Croatia, Iceland, and North Macedonia.
  • Latin America and the Caribbean: the Bahamas, Guyana, Jamaica, Montserrat, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Suriname, Turks and Caicos, and Uruguay.
  • Middle East: Kuwait, Qatar, and Yemen.
  • Oceania: Solomon Islands.

With global smartphone shipments falling, today's expansion reflects Apple's growing reliance on services as a major source of revenue alongside its hardware. In terms of revenue and profit, Apple recorded its best quarter ever at the start of this year, and CEO Tim Cook hailed the company's "all-time record" for services.

Top Rated Comments

Tovenaar Avatar
52 months ago
I never would've thought there are countries that didn't have access to the app store. I wonder what took so long.
Score: 6 Votes (Like | Disagree)
silvetti Avatar
52 months ago

I would sure love to see them expand their iTunes TV Store... but I guess that is no longer a priority.
Problem with TV Shows (in Europe) is the digital rights thing, the networks sell the tv shows to local networks and the local networks have exclusive access to them. Unfortunately it's not an easy solution, and it's not for Apple to solve.
Score: 5 Votes (Like | Disagree)
JosephAW Avatar
52 months ago
How about expanding the default iCloud storage from the 5GB size to something more modern now that it's 2020.
Score: 5 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Mr. Dee Avatar
52 months ago
Nice to see Jamaica in the list.
Score: 1 Votes (Like | Disagree)
lunarworks Avatar
52 months ago

I never would've thought there are countries that didn't have access to the app store. I wonder what took so long.
Compliance with local laws and regulations, dealing with the local financial systems, localization of the UI. All that gets run through a cost/benefit analysis.
Score: 1 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Mman250 Avatar
52 months ago
I would sure love to see them expand their iTunes TV Store... but I guess that is no longer a priority.
Score: 1 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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