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MacRumors
Dec 5, 2006, 01:42 PM
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As expected (http://www.macrumors.com/pages/2006/12/20061201215121.shtml), Apple has launched New Zealand's iTunes and Online Apple stores.

"We’re thrilled to bring the iTunes Store and the online Apple Store to our customers in New Zealand just in time for the holidays," said Eddy Cue, Apple's vice president of iTunes. "With over two million songs, the iTunes Store features the largest catalogue of local and international music in New Zealand, and with the new online Apple Store, it's easier than ever to shop for everything from a personally engraved iPod to a customized Mac."

Individual songs will be priced at NZ$1.79, music videos at NZ$3.59 and most albums at NZ$17.99. More information can be found by reading Apple's press release (http://www.apple.com/pr/library/2006/dec/06itunes.html) or by visiting Apple's New Zealand site (http://www.apple.com/nz/).



x86isslow
Dec 5, 2006, 01:47 PM
Welcome aboard :) No more complaining from down under

Sean7512
Dec 5, 2006, 01:47 PM
It is great to see that Apple is expanding their market! Hopefully, they continue, but where else do they have to expand to yet?

jimsowden
Dec 5, 2006, 01:51 PM
I know these guys have been waiting a long time, iTS proliferation!

wetrix
Dec 5, 2006, 01:52 PM
It's great to see decreased prices on the whole product line.

Ironic timing. I just got my C2D macbook two days ago from the US because this store didn't exist.

Anyone in NZ actually been able to access NZ itunes store through itunes? It still doesn't come up as an option for me.

redAPPLE
Dec 5, 2006, 01:53 PM
It is great to see that Apple is expanding their market! Hopefully, they continue, but where else do they have to expand to yet?

well, there is a continent called south america for example...

I know these guys have been waiting a long time, iTS proliferation!

go kiwis! now prove to apple that there is a market there and go buy your music.

dextertangocci
Dec 5, 2006, 01:55 PM
That's nice.

NOW WE WANT ONE IN SOUTH AFRICA!!!!! PLEASE APPLE!!! PLEASE!!!!!

colocolo
Dec 5, 2006, 02:08 PM
well, there is a continent called south america for example...

Thank you!

Indeed, we do exist... some of us have even heard of these strange machines, "computers" they seem to call them!! :eek:

pknz
Dec 5, 2006, 02:09 PM
Yay :D

New Zealand has appeared in the country list on iTS now

jholzner
Dec 5, 2006, 02:10 PM
This is great news and the first opening of a new iTS in a long while.

Mr.G
Dec 5, 2006, 02:13 PM
Congralutations New Zeland!!!!

And Buenos Aires??????? Please, don`t forget us!!!!!!!!!!

pianoman
Dec 5, 2006, 02:15 PM
welcome aboard! :)

how many countries still don't have Apple stores, though...?

twoodcc
Dec 5, 2006, 02:19 PM
It is great to see that Apple is expanding their market! Hopefully, they continue, but where else do they have to expand to yet?

my thoughts also. Good job Apple!

yeah, i don't know where else they can expand to

darwen
Dec 5, 2006, 02:19 PM
Sounds Great!

I don't know how you guys lived with out it. Life will probably be a lot eisier now.

direzz
Dec 5, 2006, 02:21 PM
what? they get videos and the canada apple store still doesnt? WTF.

jholzner
Dec 5, 2006, 02:24 PM
what? they get videos and the canada apple store still doesnt? WTF.

The Canadian store has music videos just like the NZ store. NZ didn't get TV shows or anything.

theBB
Dec 5, 2006, 02:25 PM
No Apple store, but iTunes??? Isn't it a bit odd?

EDIT: It seems they are getting an online Apple store where they can buy Macs, as well. That's better...

DoogieWoogie
Dec 5, 2006, 02:25 PM
It is great to see that Apple is expanding their market! Hopefully, they continue, but where else do they have to expand to yet?

The moon? I hear NASA are planning to build a base there.

pknz
Dec 5, 2006, 02:25 PM
Questions:
Does this mean Renaissance's contract with Apple is over?
Is there a refurbished part to the online store? (Haven't seen it, maybe NZ is too small)

jholzner
Dec 5, 2006, 02:27 PM
No Apple store, but iTunes??? Isn't it a bit odd?

EDIT: It seems they are getting an online APple store where they can buy Macs as well. That's better...

Do you mean physical Apple Store or online Apple Store? The online NZ Apple store also opened today. If you mean physical Apple stores, I'm sure launching the iTS is easier than planning and opening a chain of physical retail stores in a country.

pigwin32
Dec 5, 2006, 02:53 PM
Questions:
Does this mean Renaissance's contract with Apple is over?
Is there a refurbished part to the online store? (Haven't seen it, maybe NZ is too small)

GENERAL: RNS: Satement from Renaissance 08:33am
RNS
06/12/2006
GENERAL

REL: 0833 HRS Renaissance Corporation Limited

GENERAL: RNS: Satement from Renaissance

Renaissance would like to advise that following Apple's launch this morning
of the Apple Online Store and iTunes Online Store, Renaissance will no longer
be responsible for maintaining the web site and online store on Apple's
behalf.

As a result of this change, New Zealand will now come under Apple's worldwide
pricing model.

Renaissance expects this to help increase overall demand for Apple products
across all channels in the country.

While this change means Apple will have a direct online presence in New
Zealand, Renaissance will continue to manage the distribution of Apple
products in New Zealand. There are no changes in the contractual agreement
between Apple and Renaissance.
End CA:00140930 For:RNS Type:GENERAL Time:2006-12-06:08:33:11

bigandy
Dec 5, 2006, 04:19 PM
welcome aboard! :)

how many countries still don't have Apple stores, though...?

well the best bet is there are 193 countries on our planet.

there are 22 iTS now.

that means, through a simple calculation, there are still 171 countries without an iTunes store.

some facts to note:

there are no South American stores.

there are no African stores.

Spain doesn't have a store, while Portugal does.

;)

jholzner
Dec 5, 2006, 04:30 PM
well the best bet is there are 193 countries on our planet.

there are 22 iTS now.

that means, through a simple calculation, there are still 171 countries without an iTunes store.

some facts to note:

there are no South American stores.

there are no African stores.

Spain doesn't have a store, while Portugal does.

;)

Spain has a store:

http://store.apple.com/Apple/WebObjects/spainstore

Scarlet Fever
Dec 5, 2006, 04:48 PM
now we have to find new material to tease Nermal about :p

as well as congrats to Apple for bringing iTS to NZ, i'd also like to give a big "its about bloody time" as well.

on a side note, i went to an Apple Centre in Christchurch (i forget the name, though). It was the best Apple Centre i've been in. They had every Mac on display; all the iMacs, different configs of Mac Mini, etc. I haven't seen one in Australia that does that yet.

Enjoi the new store, kiwis!

Doctor Q
Dec 5, 2006, 05:07 PM
Some people have voted "negative" on this story! :eek: :confused:

If I had any doubts that people click randomly when rating stories, they have now been erased.

Unless somebody can enlighten me as to why this is an unfortunate event.

manu chao
Dec 5, 2006, 05:21 PM
there are 22 iTS now.

there are still 171 countries without an iTunes store.

some facts to note:

there are no South American stores.

there are no African stores.

;)

and none in Asia except for Japan (South Korea?)

fawlty
Dec 5, 2006, 05:37 PM
Is it just me, or is Browse not working in the NZ store?

Agathon
Dec 5, 2006, 05:46 PM
Well, it's crap.

Hardly anything in it, and you can't seem to buy more than three songs off Nevermind and 2 albums by Bob Dylan.

mrkgoo
Dec 5, 2006, 05:57 PM
I've already bought an album, a single song (for an album I already have, but skips during that song), checked for album art, and bought an ipod game.

Mostly for the sake of novelty, I guess.

Interestingly, I think the songs are priced at NZ$1.79, which is cheaper than the AUS$1.79? Maybe it's the competition here with digirama, coke tunes, and that other new one.

aafuss1
Dec 5, 2006, 05:58 PM
Also NZ has the red iPod nano-unlike us in Australia.

jholzner
Dec 5, 2006, 05:58 PM
Well, it's crap.

Hardly anything in it, and you can't seem to buy more than three songs off Nevermind and 2 albums by Bob Dylan.

Well, some people are just never happy :P

When the US store started there were only 250,000 songs. You guys started with over 2 million. Give it a few weeks/months and more will be added.

Agathon
Dec 5, 2006, 06:56 PM
Well, some people are just never happy :P

When the US store started there were only 250,000 songs. You guys started with over 2 million. Give it a few weeks/months and more will be added.

What's annoying is that you can only buy two or three individual songs off of some albums, while having to pay the full price to get all of them. I blame the record industry.

It's not good enough. That's not what iTunes is supposed to be about.

McDave
Dec 5, 2006, 07:21 PM
GENERAL: RNS: Satement from Renaissance 08:33am
RNS
06/12/2006
GENERAL

REL: 0833 HRS Renaissance Corporation Limited

GENERAL: RNS: Satement from Renaissance

Renaissance would like to advise that following Apple's launch this morning
of the Apple Online Store and iTunes Online Store, Renaissance will no longer
be responsible for maintaining the web site and online store on Apple's
behalf.

As a result of this change, New Zealand will now come under Apple's worldwide
pricing model.

Renaissance expects this to help increase overall demand for Apple products
across all channels in the country.

While this change means Apple will have a direct online presence in New
Zealand, Renaissance will continue to manage the distribution of Apple
products in New Zealand. There are no changes in the contractual agreement
between Apple and Renaissance.
End CA:00140930 For:RNS Type:GENERAL Time:2006-12-06:08:33:11

Yaaaayy - 8-10% discount on all products!

McDave
Dec 5, 2006, 07:28 PM
Also NZ has the red iPod nano-unlike us in Australia.

Aus is a bit of a backwater!

Super12 videopodcasts will seal the deal

McD

pknz
Dec 5, 2006, 09:12 PM
Super12:confused:

Don't you mean Super 14?:cool:

Peterkro
Dec 5, 2006, 09:16 PM
Creeping Jesus does this mean the 1950's are at last finally over.:D

~Shard~
Dec 5, 2006, 09:40 PM
Congrats kiwis! It's been a long time coming and you've been an extremely patient bunch. ;) :D Enjoy! :)

Agathon
Dec 5, 2006, 09:59 PM
At least they have Split Enz' first record. I'm betting I am the only person who has bought it.

joeyboy76
Dec 5, 2006, 10:01 PM
how about the Singapore iTunes music store? given that we had the Online Store for the longest time and Apple even used to manufacture macs here....

winmacguy
Dec 5, 2006, 10:12 PM
Well, it's crap.

Hardly anything in it, and you can't seem to buy more than three songs off Nevermind and 2 albums by Bob Dylan.

Give it time. I seem to remember hearing the the US iTunes store didn't have much in it either in comparison when it first opened. I am sure that there will be a whole load of artists queing up to get their stuff loaded now that the store has opened.

Aus is a bit of a backwater!

Super12 videopodcasts will seal the deal

McD

Someone living under a rock?:rolleyes:

princealfie
Dec 5, 2006, 10:41 PM
When do we get ipod nano kiwi green?

appleguy
Dec 6, 2006, 12:44 AM
on a side note, i went to an Apple Centre in Christchurch (i forget the name, though). It was the best Apple Centre i've been in. They had every Mac on display; all the iMacs, different configs of Mac Mini, etc. I haven't seen one in Australia that does that yet.

Enjoi the new store, kiwis!
Would it be MagnumMac by chance?
you should check out their Auckland Showroom...

Lewisham
Dec 6, 2006, 01:16 AM
Perhaps the negative votes are for the rather large gulf between the prices in the US store and the NZ one?

I looked up an educational Macbook Pro NZ against a non-edu one from the US (this is how my setup works, my missus is a student here).

The US one was 800NZD less, although the NZ one did have sales tax on it. Even after you start crunching those numbers, you're looking at at least 400NZD, which is 275USD.

That's a pretty big shipping charge.

dextertangocci
Dec 6, 2006, 01:39 AM
Some people have voted "negative" on this story! :eek: :confused:

If I had any doubts that people click randomly when rating stories, they have now been erased.

Unless somebody can enlighten me as to why this is an unfortunate event.

Because we want one in South Africa too!

oober_freak
Dec 6, 2006, 01:45 AM
Apple India store please. :mad:

We have had a catalog Apple store for two years now. We deserve better!

Unlike the Chinese, Indians do buy CDs. But, to counter the ever-increasing piracy, we need iTs here!!! All we have is lame Windows-only WMA-DRM'ed crap! Even then, these stores do record decent sales.

winmacguy
Dec 6, 2006, 02:01 AM
Maybe Apple might start running its Get a Mac ads on NZ TV as well as the ones for buying tracks from the iTunes NZ music store????

colocolo
Dec 6, 2006, 07:03 AM
Some people have voted "negative" on this story! :eek: :confused:

If I had any doubts that people click randomly when rating stories, they have now been erased.

Unless somebody can enlighten me as to why this is an unfortunate event.

I'm sure some record label execs who lurk MR aren't happy with the price scheme present in the store (they don;t get royalties for each computer sold with speakers, so they assume it would only be fair to double the price point), hence the negative votes :)

Chundles
Dec 6, 2006, 07:16 AM
The votes mean nothing, nobody takes them seriously.

Eduardo1971
Dec 6, 2006, 08:46 AM
Thank you!

Indeed, we do exist... some of us have even heard of these strange machines, "computers" they seem to call them!! :eek:

Do you know what other countries in Central and South America do not have an iTunes Store?

Chundles
Dec 6, 2006, 08:48 AM
Do you know what other countries in Central and South America do not have an iTunes Store?

You mean apart from "none of them"??

Ah well, at least things are still moving and the iTS hasn't stagnated.

Welcome aboard to our cousins from the Shaky Isles. How come you guys get the Red iPods and we don't?

HenrikDK
Dec 6, 2006, 10:14 AM
Spain has a store:

http://store.apple.com/Apple/WebObjects/spainstore


Yes, and there is no Apple website, Apple Store og iTunes Store at all in Portugal - how come?!

Oops, my bad, there actually is an Apple Website, Apple Store and iTunes Store in Portugal ...
http://www.apple.com.pt/por/ ... SORRY!!!

jholzner
Dec 6, 2006, 11:24 AM
Well, some people are just never happy :P

When the US store started there were only 250,000 songs. You guys started with over 2 million. Give it a few weeks/months and more will be added.

I'll agree that is pretty bad. Looks like Apple caved to the labels to get the store online. Their US contracts are up for renewal in 2007 so I wonder if we'll be seeing this sort of thing on the US store soon. There are a few like that now but it may get worse. I have to buy a whole album I'll just buy it on CD or not at all.

bousozoku
Dec 6, 2006, 12:26 PM
Some people have voted "negative" on this story! :eek: :confused:

If I had any doubts that people click randomly when rating stories, they have now been erased.

Unless somebody can enlighten me as to why this is an unfortunate event.

It's probably those Australians. :D

In any case, I think it's great that more of the world gets real access.

Where will Apple go next? I'd think that Brazil would be a likely target, but I'm not sure about the rest of the South America. Singapore might be a good market and they could certainly use an official Apple store, even online.

teleromeo
Dec 6, 2006, 03:23 PM
At least they have Split Enz' first record. I'm betting I am the only person who has bought it.

I bought 'Got You' in february from the belgian store. It is no longer available right now, why should that be ? Is that the song you were mentioning ? If so, I still have the 45rpm single in my collection.

techne
Dec 6, 2006, 05:41 PM
I want to buy Anchor Me from the Mutton Birds

Agathon
Dec 6, 2006, 08:05 PM
I bought 'Got You' in february from the belgian store. It is no longer available right now, why should that be ? Is that the song you were mentioning ? If so, I still have the 45rpm single in my collection.

No. I meant their first album, which is a weird art rock sort of thing. "I Got You" comes from years later when they had adopted a more popular sound.

ibjoshua
Dec 6, 2006, 11:56 PM
I've seen the Renaissance quote about pricing. Has anyone worked out how much of a difference it has made? I did some checks and a bottom of the line MacBook was still approx NZD300 cheaper in Japan.

ibjoshua

samh004
Dec 8, 2006, 11:40 AM
Also NZ has the red iPod nano-unlike us in Australia.

Yeah :(

I had to go to Hong Kong to get mine.

samh004
Dec 8, 2006, 01:30 PM
how about the Singapore iTunes music store? given that we had the Online Store for the longest time and Apple even used to manufacture macs here....

What do people in Singapore mainly listen to though, do they have a lot of local content... Apple seems to be focusing on local content these days.

Apple India store please. :mad:

We have had a catalog Apple store for two years now. We deserve better!

Unlike the Chinese, Indians do buy CDs. But, to counter the ever-increasing piracy, we need iTs here!!! All we have is lame Windows-only WMA-DRM'ed crap! Even then, these stores do record decent sales.

How many people, out of the population in India, are connected to the internet, with broadband most likely to buy songs. Is there a bigger percentage than China ?

I think India and China would have stores with a lot of local content, but you have to wonder what the percentage of the population has computers, and out of them, how many have the internet speed required to download songs consistently.

With China and India on board, Hong Kong and Singapore and smaller locals that have HIGH populations could be considered, provided they have the local content. Otherwise it's just an extension of the US store really - though with probably a higher price point.

You mean apart from "none of them"??

Ah well, at least things are still moving and the iTS hasn't stagnated.

Welcome aboard to our cousins from the Shaky Isles. How come you guys get the Red iPods and we don't?

It's interesting that New Zealand has the charity set up to enable purchases of that iPod, go to the charity, but Australia hasn't.

Where will Apple go next? I'd think that Brazil would be a likely target, but I'm not sure about the rest of the South America. Singapore might be a good market and they could certainly use an official Apple store, even online.

Read above (in terms of iTS not Apple Online Store).