Why does Apple not allow apps across all app stores?

blkjedi954

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Feb 15, 2012
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I am sick of how often an app is released but it's not in the US app stores and vice/versa if it's only released in US but not other countries App Store. Is there a good reason? I mean rational reason besides the usual suspects, like profit, language, or truly something that's an obstacle. I wanted Assassins Creed Identity but its only in NZ and AU app stores. What the heck is up with this nonsense? Don't get me wrong I finagled my way around it and got it but I shouldn't have to, right?
 

haruhiko

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Sep 29, 2009
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It's the developer who chooses what region to release their apps. Nevertheless, you can create an App Store account in other countries rather easily.
 

Hustler1337

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Dec 23, 2010
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As above, it's the developers choice as to what region's App Store they wish to release their app in. Your beef is with the developer, not Apple as to why they haven't released the app in the U.S. App Store.
 

ackmondual

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Dec 23, 2014
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It's the developer who chooses what region to release their apps. Nevertheless, you can create an App Store account in other countries rather easily.
Does this require an additional $99/yr per account, or will one recurring payment cover those other regions/countries?
 

haruhiko

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How do you do this? Can you run apps downloaded from different region App Stores on the same device?
Yes. You can run apps downloaded from different regions' App Stores on the same device. Switch to another country in App Store (I'm not sure if you can do this in the iOS device, if not, use iTunes in your computer), download a free app and choose create account when it asks for your login credentials. Then you can set up an account in that country without inputting credit card information.
 

WordsmithMR

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Mar 17, 2015
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As mentioned above, it is the apps developers who choose what regions their app (or movie, or music) comes out on. Some key restraints are legal... Certain types of apps or media aren't legal in other countries. There is also something as simple as the name being copyrighted in one region but not in another. It usually is something trivial that they could pay for but they don't feel like it would be worth it because the cost won't break even for them. But you are free to make a free Apple ID in any other region...So it isn't much of an issue, just a bit of an inconvenience to swap IDs back and forth.
 
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