What? iTunes Store US Only?

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by gotohamish, Apr 28, 2003.

  1. gotohamish macrumors 65816

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    Has anyone in the UK successfully bought from the iTunes store?

    If they leave Apple UK in charge of it, we'll never see it. We still can't order prints from iPhoto, let alone books!
     
  2. The Shadow macrumors regular

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    It's the same lame situation in Australia and I presume everywhere outside the US, re: all you mentioned.

    Over a year after it was announced, we still can't get that Photo Album deal.

    So I would speculate that it's the fault of Apple in the US.

    This really sucks, and reflects arrogant and rampant stupidity, as 47% of Apple's business comes from outside the US. Yet nearly all of Apple's business development strategies always seemed US centric.

    For all Jobs' genius, he still sucks at business and customer care, and clearly doesn't give a hoot about anyone except himself.

    But people like me would never buy anything except Apple, and that's why he get's away with it. Hardly an inspiring epitaph though:

    "Here lies Steve Jobs, co founder of Apple Computers. This company sucked much less than it's competitors."
     
  3. gotohamish thread starter macrumors 65816

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    It's actually delayed due to different regulatory boards for record companies outside the US, but I certainly hoped they would have secured more than just the US when announced.

    We live in hope, it's about being a Mac user!
     
  4. iAlan macrumors 65816

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    I mentioned in one of the rumor posts (prior to the announcement by Apple) that if Apple launched a music service it would probably just be in the USA. I hate it when I am right (which isn't all that often, really, so I should enjoy it!)

    I agree with gotohamish, the regulatory affairs situation across countries is quite different and difficult when it comes to implementing something of this magnitute.

    Imagine if your local Nissan dealership were able to sell BMW's at a price lower than the BMW dealership and in more locations. Who would buy from BMW? (not a great example, but you get the picture). Local operations of the major music houses would not be able to 'secure' sales - also remember that not all artists are distributed by the same 'label' within music companies in each country - this is a huge hurdle to get over and is a big enough issue for traditional CD distribution to successfully navigate.

    As for Apple being 'US centric' you have to remember that the USA is one market, compared to the remaining 47% being multiple markets (Australia, Japan, France, Germany, UK, Switzerland, Italy, Singapore...etc), requiring multiple strategies and contingencies. This is true of many industries (pharmaeuticals, manufacturing, etc) and is something all companies must deal with if they are a global player.

    Finally, i am guessing Apple went ahead and launched in the USA before securing other countries because after 1.5 years of developmemt it is hard to justify the investment, but more importantly, if Apple were widely promoting the service within the music industriy (to labels, artists, management, etc) word would get out and someone could come in with something similar sooner. It has happened before!

    I am waiting patiently for the service to come to Japan - the leading market for MP3 players (and iPods i believe)
     
  5. The Shadow macrumors regular

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