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Apple today announced the launch of the iTunes Store in Mexico. Continuing Apple's tradition of providing international stores with localized collections, the Mexican store features local artists including Paulina Rubio, Vicente Fernández and Zoé and a wide range of international artists including Shakira, Lady Gaga, Green Day and thousands more.

"The iTunes Store in Mexico is off to a great start with music from all of the majors and hundreds of indie labels," said Eddy Cue, Apple’s vice president of Internet Services. "And the revolutionary App Store in Mexico gets bigger and better with great new apps using amazing new features, and we can't wait to see what developers come up with next."

Apple says most songs will be priced at 12 pesos, with most albums priced at 120 pesos. The announcement does not include TV shows or movies.

Article Link: Apple Launches iTunes Store in Mexico
 

jcgnu

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Dec 30, 2006
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I wonder what the impact will be.

Considering the fact that 30 million Mexicans are connected to the Internet, I'd say quite a big one, when some European countries don't even have that many inhabitants.
 
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apparatchik

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A long time waiting for this, i'll say however that if the catalog is going to be made up of mainly mainstream commercial artists (as the ones mentioned in the article) the attractiveness and succesfulness will be limited, as complete collections of hundreds of mp3 cds of those artists can be bought on the subway and streets of mexico for 10 pesos (less than 1 dollar, and less than the said 12 pesos per track). The p2p programs like limewire also offer for a lot of those 30 million users a free alternative...

I for once would happily buy jazz, reggae, fusion music that i know for sure i cannot get easily by other means with the great quality and safeness of the iTunes store.

A great news nonetheless.
 
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slcoss

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Sep 3, 2008
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Oh Thank God! Finally we have an iTunes Store! That's what I'm talking 'bout! :p

I noticed this yesterday when I was about to download a new App, and suddenly I saw artists songs and albums priced in pesos :)
 
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catracho

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Nice.

Now, the rest of Latin America is waiting Apple.

Where are the Latin America Apple stores?
Where is the Latin America AppleCare Support?
Where is Apple Online Store for many countries in Latin America?

Still, a lot of work to do Apple..
 
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Cask

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Well I have been waiting for this. Unfortunately it doesn't offer any TV shows or movies, so I'll have to keep buying US Store gift cards to get those. And content is somewhat of a mess right now, hope it gets better.
 
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accrama

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Welcome, very welcome

A very late, but VERY welcome openning. :D

$12 pesos per track is good, and the whole album prices are competitive.
Surely better than the Mexican alternative: Mixup Digital, which was charging the same per track, but the sum of all tracks as the price of the album (lame idea :mad:).

I hope it battles against piracy in Mexico, at least in a certain demographic group.

Titles in classical music are very limited though...compared to the US Store...bugger. :(
 
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mcbarre

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Great News!

Is a really great news for many people in Mexico that were waiting for so long for the store to be available!
I stop buying when they stop accepting PayPal accounts with a credit card issued in Mexico, and I didn't have no other options until today!
Thanks to Mac Rummors where I first got the good news!
 
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idsoftware

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Always waiting for this... thank you apple for listening the Mexico petitions regarding Itunes Store...

now the question is if my apple id..(US) will work here...

need to check that.


but overall is a great news... I will buy from this store as I like it. a lot.
 
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Eidorian

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Considering the fact that 30 million Mexicans are connected to the Internet, I'd say quite a big one, when some European countries don't even have that many inhabitants.

A long time waiting for this, i'll say however that if the catalog is going to be made up of mainly mainstream commercial artists (as the ones mentioned in the article) the attractiveness and succesfulness will be limited, as complete collections of hundreds of mp3 cds of those artists can be bought on the subway and streets of mexico for 10 pesos (less than 1 dollar, and less than the said 12 pesos per track). The p2p programs like limewire also offer for a lot of those 30 million users a free alternative..
Which is why I made the comment on how much of an impact an iTunes Store for Mexico is going to make.
 
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memo90061

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Always waiting for this... thank you apple for listening the Mexico petitions regarding Itunes Store...

now the question is if my apple id..(US) will work here...

need to check that.


but overall is a great news... I will buy from this store as I like it. a lot.

I would like to know that too but I doubt it. Hmm.
 
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jcgnu

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Dec 30, 2006
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Which is why I made the comment on how much of an impact an iTunes Store for Mexico is going to make.

Piracy is not an exclusively Mexican problem, but a global one, although Mexico has one of the highest levels of piracy. While this is true, when you talk about piracy, you're not considering P2P downloads which are still very popular in many countries where piracy levels are not too high.

If you take the amount of people who buy piracy or use P2P in Mexico and compare it to the same people in other countries, Mexico's would then not be far greater. Plus, you would have to consider the fact that many of us, like me, download music illegaly or use foreign stores (mainly the American one) because there was no good legal online store before iTunes but are willing to go legal.

But even if you don't believe this, out of 100 million people in this country, the amount of them who would make use of a legal online music store is pretty big in absolute numbers, again, considering that many countries in Europe have way less population than that of Mexico and less people connected to the Internet, therefore, less possible clients. To sum up, it's like It happens in China. Even though they have the highest piracy levels in the world, they are the #1 cell phone market in the world, because their total population is far grater then that of any country in the world.

Time will tell, but other online stores have proven the interest of Mexicans in the idea of legally purchasing music online.

IMO.
 
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memo90061

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Se puede hacer cuenta en iTunes sin tener que poner una tarjeta de credito! Hice una cuenta y estoy bajando la cancion gratis de la semana.
 
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maldoblaz

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Sep 2, 2004
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Amazing news...

A very late, but VERY welcome openning. :D

$12 pesos per track is good, and the whole album prices are competitive.
Surely better than the Mexican alternative: Mixup Digital, which was charging the same per track, but the sum of all tracks as the price of the album (lame idea :mad:).

I hope it battles against piracy in Mexico, at least in a certain demographic group.

Titles in classical music are very limited though...compared to the US Store...bugger. :(

It's been a long wait. It took at least two years for the Apple iTunes executives to negotiate with SACM ( Mexican Authors Guild ) which is a strong monopolic influence. They tried to negotiate a percentage that was impossible for Apple to deal with. Somehow they set an agreement :confused:

But there's more... A large international Mexican company wich manages Mixup store (ya saben quien) initiated negotiations with Apple trying to partner with them and by surprise, they started it's own digital store, leaving Apple behind.

Anyway, welcome iTunes music store Mexico. Maybe this service will not stop piracy and P2P downloads, but will surely provide first class legal content for all of us.
 
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Zaci

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AL FIN - Tienda de Música iTunes México

AL FIN. When I saw the article yesterday in the newspaper (http://eleconomista.com.mx/notas-online/tecnociencia/2009/07/30/aterriza-itunes-music-store-mexico-4-agosto) I thought it was another try to gives us some hope, but iTunes Store -Music- it’s finally available today and Green Day-21 Guns was my first song. I just need to try to create a ringtone and see if they are available as well.

I hope it battles against piracy in Mexico, at least in a certain demographic group.

I agree with you; it will help against piracy in certain levels.
 
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