Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Apple launches iTunes Store in Asia

 It looks like the rumors from e27 about Apple launching its iTunes Store in Asia were right on the mark after all. Apple has just announced the service for 12 Asian countries--Singapore, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Brunei, Malaysia, Cambodia, Laos, Macau, Thailand, Sri Lanka, Vietnam and the Philippines. Before this, Japan is the only country in Asia which has an iTunes Store.

The launch of the iTunes Store follows an earlier move from Apple to localize prices of its apps in the region. Users from these countries will be able to purchase music and movies (or rent them) from iTunes. Apple has also stated that it will launch its iTunes Match service, but the service was not yet up when this article was written. (Update: The iTunes Match service now seems to be working.)

With the latest announcement, it seems that users in Asia will no longer have to rely on iTunes gift cards from the US (or other countries with iTunes stores) to purchase music and movies. This could also mean that Apple may soon be selling its Apple TV here.

As a quick reference, a single song typically costs around S$1.28 (US$0.99) in Singapore. Albums are priced more competitively and usually cost less than the total price of all the individual tracks. Movies are priced differently according to the release date and HD versions can range from S$19.98 to S$24.98 for purchase and S$4.98 to S$5.98 for rent. Standard definition movies cost less.

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Source From CNET

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