Earlier today, we passed along a report that Apple was going to be holding an iTunes event in Moscow tomorrow to celebrate the launch of its music store in Russia. Rumors have been circulating for some months now that iTunes Music was on its way to the country, and it appears they were dead on. Ahead of tomorrow’s event, users in Russia are seeing the iTunes Music Store populate…

9to5Mac points to a number of screen shots on Twitter of the now-live iTunes Music Store in Russia. It also appears to now be live in Turkey, Saudi Arabia and Lebanon, and there are reports that iTunes Match has started to pop up in some of these countries as well. And some users are even reporting a new ability to rent TV shows, although this hasn’t been nearly as widely confirmed.

With the exception of Lebanon, Apple is set to launch the iPhone 5 in all of the above-mentioned countries on December 14. So it’s not a surprise that we’re seeing iTunes Music Stores simultaneously roll out to these regions today. It’s also reportedly looking to open retail stores in Russia, and is already hiring for new stores in Turkey, so it doesn’t look like this expansion is limited to just iTunes.

Perhaps most interesting about today’s iTunes Music launches are the price points. Both Russia and Turkey are seeing songs with price tags as cheap as $0.50 USD. Of course, with iPhones going for as much as $1,000 USD in the countries, they certainly deserve the discount.

  • That last sentence is so true. Thanks for being considerate!

    Edit: Btw no tv show rentals for me right now (and I don’t think there will be), but yes you can rent movies (Turkey)

  • I need a bunch of Turkish iTunes cards ASAP!!!

  • Music and Films now in India but so far i only see Indian songs and movies.

    EDIT: More songs and movies are now showing up!!!

  • kokeropie

    iTunes music n movie now available in Indonesia finally 🙂

    • herrysus

      but itunes match is still error, can’t use even i already purchase

  • We waited for an Apple Store in Turkey for many years. ITunes Music Store was seen 🙂

  • hi.
    i’m trying to get in into the itunes music in my iphone and ipad and it says imposible to connect to itunes.
    in the itunes of my pc i can but in the iphone and ipad cant.
    what should i do ? thanks

  • hasan51h

    Finally after so many years Music available in UAE store now but no movies only music .

  • It has also come to India with songs starting at Rs. 12 each (1$= Rs 55) and iTunes Match service for Rs. 1200/per year with a limit to 10 devices and 25000 songs.

    I am impressed with the collection it is offering and the quality as usual with Apple, is great.

    And obviously we have to buy iPhone 5 starting at Rs. 45000 to 59,000 (around $1100 for 64GB model). Besides given the economy and prevalent piracy, it is only logical to give us an album of 12 songs for $2.

  • In Lebanon? Sweet!

  • Add Republic of Moldova to that list. Booyah!!!