iTunes Music Store Goes Live in 12 New European Countries

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    Late yesterday, we reported that Apple appeared set to launch iTunes Music Store offerings in ten new countries, all from the European Union, "at any time". Reports are now flowing in from users in those countries that the music offerings have been gradually going live over the past few hours and are now essentially fully functional.

    Contrary to the earlier report from Polish media, all twelve European Countries that had been without iTunes Music Store access now appear to be offering music content to customers. The list of countries includes Bulgaria, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, and Slovenia.

    Apple is also making other expansions to its iTunes Store content offerings today, with reports coming in from a number of European countries where users are seeing their first movie downloads available for rental and purchase and the first paid content coming to the iBookstore.

    Article Link: iTunes Music Store Goes Live in 12 New European Countries
     
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    In case you wonder...

    There are so many local laws regarding copyright and charges for publishing content which is copyright protected that it takes some time until one can offer services. Remember that most youtube videos are not accessible in Germany, a country with roughly 85 million people because the regulatory agency GEMA is blocking potential violations from the get-go.
     
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    Nice. Glad they aren't going to waste 20 minutes with this on Tuesday.
     
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    Awesome. Expanding like wildfire. Family in Poland can now get some decent music!
     
  6. apernett macrumors member

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    Nice but...

    ...when is Apple going to place its eye on Latin America? Do they know that Netflix already rolled over here, right? right?

    Sarcasm aside, I don't blame Apple, I blame movie studios and music labels. Their archaeological way of doing business is quite irritating. Here in Latin America we have a very sincere lust for paid content at a fair price and good service and again and again they block Amazon, Apple and others to expand content not only to Latin America but the rest of the world as well. Yes, I know there is something called Copyright laws, but when it comes to money and their survival, does that archaic rules apply? Wake up guys, you're not in the 20th century anymore.
     
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    make a EU iTunes store now that everyone is on board
     
  8. Consultant macrumors G5

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    Music industry should just let more stores happen.
     
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    Just in time for iCloud

    iCloud paves the way to Apple's future. The same way iTunes paved the way to where Apple is now. The more people Apple can get onto iTunes and iCloud, the better for Apple.
     
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    tv shows for eu now, and it be perfect! still a great update for us europeans though!
     
  11. GeekOFComedy macrumors 6502a

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    I know, we totally need TV Shows. And the same catalogue as USA as in UK you can barely get HD! (Living in ireland, i'm sure we nearly have the same tv license deals!)
     
  12. e30st macrumors newbie

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    in hungary it works well

    yeah, finally available here, in Hungary too.
    We have been waiting for it, for over 8 years!
    Thanks Apple!!
     
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    Well, there WERE 12 stars around the iTunes icon. Idk why they thought it was gonna be 10 >_>

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    iTunes 10.5 is next >_>
     
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    Surprised

    I'm pretty surprised iTunes hasn't been available in Poland or Hungary until now. Seems like countries with big enough populations to make it a priority.
     
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    Czech Republic iTunes Music Store is Online

    Do I need to say more?
     
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    The launch with movies seems a bit strange atm. No landing page for movies nor any subtitles in at least my language. Ratings are there though, so I guess it's coming but not 100 ready yet.

    EDIT: Actually, there's a landing page now and many movies include subs now, yay!
     
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    We've had music here in sweden for a while now but we apparently got some movies(!) yesterday or something.

    So far there's nothing of interest at all, only hollywood movies etc. I am however hopeful that we'll get some Swedish movies on there soon enough.
     
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    I wish we had movies in polish store! Music is ok, but I would like to be able to get Futurama finally! (without torrents)
     
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    Really excited about this. As a consumer and a future pro in the industry.
     
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    Friendly English grammar note - "Sweden" and "Polish" (noun and adjective) should be capitalized since they refer to countries.

    It was easy to recognize that "here in sweden" should have been "here in Sweden".

    However, on first reading "a polish store" would be a store that makes things shiny (it "polishes" them).

    Just a helpful comment - my French is mediocre, my Spanish bad, my German and Italian barely understandable - but my Thai is fine in restaurants (although tonal languages are very hard for me - I get confused because to me "I'd like sauteed eggplant" and "your grandmother is a slut" sound very similar in Thai). I assume that the waitstaff is being polite and assumes that I'm talking about eggplant, regardless of what I actually said.
     
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    Considering the discussion is about EU countries, I had no problem deciphering that he was referring to the country Poland. Besides, there really aren't any polish stores. What would they sell? Nothing but shoe, silver, and automobile polishes? :)
     
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    seriously?

    I haven't opened iTunes except to listen to NPR since Spotify was released in the US. This model is BROKEN.
     
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    Yep. Trouble is that the studios etc broke it and aren't really open to fixing it. Especially on tv from the US where the equally broken ratings system controls what stays on. If they bothered to count funds from online, iTunes etc and stop this delaying for several days, no captions, no even 720p quality, they might be shocked with the results. If they posted shows worldwide on a much shorter timetable they might actually see piracy go down. Particularly if the prices came down a dollar and were straight currency conversions rather than padded with other nonsense. Folks probably wouldn't mind if it wasn't adjusted second by second if it was done say every three months instead of the once every two years it seems like we were getting
     

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