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

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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.

"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.



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silvetti

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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.
 

DeepIn2U

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I'm quite shocked as I had thought half of those countries getting the full suit have long before today's announcement.

Jamaica finally gets Apple Music ... now I can convert my pops/uncle and aunties :D
 

infinitedreams

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I never would've thought there are countries that didn't have access to the app store. I wonder what took so long.
Some countries like Bangladesh still don’t get official support for App Store, even though iPhones are officially sold through authorised resellers. You’re forced to use another country’s store.

The problem is that it may force you to enter your billing info, though there is a way to make an account without billing info not everyone will know about it.
 
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imran5720

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Apple please allow apple music in Pakistan , we have more than 2 million apple users here
 

Tech198

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Sounds like a niffty idea.

Particularly now Apple music now has it's own public website. I dunno why these two just happen at the same time, almost like you need to give APple a little 'bump' to get started expanding.
 

snowatom

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Now the rest of Europe still waits for being able to purchase TV series. This is still not possible in tons of countries.
 

johnnyzg

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Finally Apple Music arrived, few years late. There is also 6 months trial period if activated from app on smartphone :) , but 3 months trial period if activated from iTunes on mac.
 

Mman250

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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.
There are already countries that have a tv store, France, Germany & the UK. And with the European open market I should at least be able to buy stuff from the German store.
 

silvetti

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There are already countries that have a tv store, France, Germany & the UK. And with the European open market I should at least be able to buy stuff from the German store.
Don't get me wrong.
I agree with you and also wish that was true for all markets.
Well, for example you can have a Netflix Portugal account and use it in Poland, right?
BUT, you need to have a credit card based in Portugal.
Same thing applies to iTunes, you can get a Germany account and download tv shows BUT you need a german credit card.
 
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