Australian iTunes Delayed...

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The Courier Mail reports that the rumored iTunes Music Store which was expected to be launched last Thursday was delayed by one major record company:

A source said yesterday Apple had planned to launch an Australian version of its popular online music store last Thursday, as widely touted, but the launch was thwarted by one unnamed major record company that refused to sign an agreement in time.
Apple consequently had to cancel radio ads for the expected launch. Several Australian users have been able to purchase select songs via iTunes for $1.69.

The status of the other planned international iTunes music stores is unknown.
 

lordmac

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Lame, the music industry more specifically the record labels are really starting to annoy me they are being so greedy about it. HOnestly if they want to cut down on piracy and the like then they need to provide a easy leagl alternative and when another company trys to do that for them (apple) then they shouldn't hold it up the progress they (apple) making. :rolleyes:
 

cooknwitha

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I can't say I'm surprised. I know I'll just waste more money on it than I should but it would just be nice to have one!

And so marks my first post here. :D
 

Dunepilot

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I must say that that sucks for you Aussies. I'm loving the instant gratification element to the iTMS - bought myself the new Nine Inch Nails album yesterday, which was a hell of a lot better than trying to find badly encoded, incomplete tracks of that stuff.

Hopefully it'll be sorted out soon.

Best wishes
Dune
 

broken_keyboard

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Mitthrawnuruodo said:
That's typical... but why would this prevent the launch of iTMS Norway, Switzerland, Denmark and Sweden...? :confused: :mad:
Good question. Maybe the company is objecting in the other countries too? Sony?

Edit: I am thinking Sony may be the difficult one, because that would explain why no iTMS Japan at all.
 

.Andy

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I really hope when it opens it will give us the same conditions that it does everywhere else. I have a really bad feeling about it though :(.

And $1.69 sucks.

Three cheers for the free trade agreement.........:rolleyes:
 

Mitthrawnuruodo

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the_mole1314 said:
$1.69 AU = $1.20 US

Still heafty change. I wonder how big the catalouge is?
Well, the norwegian price will (most likely) be NOK 8 = US$ 1.28, at current exchange rates, so you're slightly better off than us... ;)

Of course the Norwegian price includes a 25% sales tax...
 

asif786

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.Andy said:
I really hope when it opens it will give us the same conditions that it does everywhere else. I have a really bad feeling about it though :(.

And $1.69 sucks.

Three cheers for the free trade agreement.........:rolleyes:
if you think AUS $1.69 sucks, think about us brits paing AUS $1.93 a track!

edit: my bad, forgot about vat. what's the australian sales tax?
 

kwajo.com

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thinking of prices, I'm still thrilled everytime I think about the fact that we in Canada get songs for 99 cents CANADIAN, which is like 80 something cents US. :D
 

Timeline

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As a music maker, I hope the major labels contain subscription services and keep the iTunes sound bite sample model. I would not be surprised if this is what they are negotiating over.

Apple should stay with it's current sales methodology for the sake of the artist and music industry in general.
 

bbyrdhouse

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Macrumors said:


The Courier Mail reports that the rumored iTunes Music Store which was expected to be launched last Thursday was delayed by one major record company:



Apple consequently had to cancel radio ads for the expected launch. Several Australian users have been able to purchase select songs via iTunes for $1.69.

The status of the other planned international iTunes music stores is unknown.
WHO CARES?
I have yet to d/l even 1 song from itms.
 

Poff

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I don't see what the record companies are complaining about. It's a 2% market. The majority says they don't find it interesting because it is too expensive.
 

Mord

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.Andy said:
I really hope when it opens it will give us the same conditions that it does everywhere else. I have a really bad feeling about it though :(.

And $1.69 sucks.

Three cheers for the free trade agreement.........:rolleyes:
it's 10p lower than the uk ITMS, it's the worst here, 80p per track :(

bbyrdhouse said:
WHO CARES?
I have yet to d/l even 1 song from itms.
then why the hell post here? seriously it's like walking into a pub and announcing you dont like drinking :rolleyes:.
 

aussie_geek

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What tha??

For goodness sake. The store should have opened already! Don't these stupid record companies realise that an iTunes music store will earn them MORE money??

You tell me - how many people these days go to the music store to get a cd eh? The only people I see in music stores these days are over 35's that are in there buying DVD's most of the time anyway. People are still getting music from somewhere.. Go figure :rolleyes:

There is too much red tape here and it is so big they don't know what to do with it except choke themselves and the industry. Just put yourself in an artist's shoes - you have a record contract and you write a song. It can be up for sale globally - the next day. Can you beat that using a conventional music outlet store? NO!! The idiots working in the CD distribution/recplication sector are still probably sitting on their backsides stoned on a Wednesday after last weekend's binge!! :D

You could launch a track or series of them on a national scale instantaneously. We are in the digital age now.. WAKE UP!!!!


aussie_geek
 

kretzy

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.Andy said:
I really hope when it opens it will give us the same conditions that it does everywhere else. I have a really bad feeling about it though :(.

And $1.69 sucks.

Three cheers for the free trade agreement.........:rolleyes:
I totally agree! $1.69 just doesn't seem like a very appealing price, like its not really that expensive, but i think it just seems off-putting to consumers, $0.99 would be awesome!

And like most other ppl here, I think its really foolish of the record companies resisting this, they have the oppurtunity to get at least something back for the music, which would otherwise be d/led for free.

Oh well their loss!