Apple officially launches iTunes Music Store in 56 new countries

By , Dec 4, 2012

Yesterday we reported that the iTunes Music Store had gone live in Russia, Turkey and a handful of other countries. The rollout came just one day before Apple’s rumored iTunes event in Moscow.

But as it turns out, the Music expansion is much bigger than we originally thought. Apple published a press release last night announcing that it’s rolling out iTunes Music to 56 new countries…

Apple says that the iTunes Music Store is now available in 119 countries, meaning that this latest expansion nearly doubled the amount of nations it was previously available in. That’s a pretty big move.

Here are all of the countries included in today’s rollout (via MacRumors):

Belarus, Moldova, Russia, Turkey, Ukraine, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Cape Verde, Egypt, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea-Bissau, India, Israel, Jordan, Kenya, Lebanon, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Niger, Nigeria, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Swaziland, United Arab Emirates, Uganda, Zimbabwe, Fiji, Indonesia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Micronesia, Mongolia, Nepal, Papua New Guinea, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bermuda, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Dominica, Grenada, St. Kitts and Nevis, Trinidad and Tobago.

In addition to gaining access to iTunes Music, it appears that folks in India, Indonesia, Russia, and Turkey are also getting access to iTunes movies. And the feature will soon be available in other “select” areas.

This is going to be a big month for Apple, as it’s also launching its iPhone 5 in 50+ new countries including China and Brazil. It’s quite impressive really, managing all of these international launches and rollouts.

Are you seeing iTunes Music or Movies in your country?

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  • http://twitter.com/mcurrie Matt Currie

    This is probably good for people in these countries but when are the music labels and movie studios going to wake up and realise that country shouldn’t matter with the global intertubes.

    • Falk M.

      Sometimes there is the problem that the same tune is licensed for distribution by a crapload of companies, because not all of the labels are multi-national.

      Analogue “old” world meets new all-digital and borderless world – bug fu**up.

      Btw: I’m really happy all those countries can now enjoy a slice of what I luckily have had in Germany for so long.
      It’s an awesome service, so enjoy it lads everywhere.
      It’s quite a big day today in that regard.

      I wish that one lucky day we’ll have Match for TV Shows and Movies.
      I’d gladly pay another 25 bucks for that, because I cannot count the amount of times I’ve been to a friend’s place and when the question of which movie to watch there were so many options – back at MY place.
      And no, Plex etc don’t cut it for so many reasons I’m not willing to dive into, because a few of them are so niche requests I’d quickly get dismissed for wanting them.
      Having niche demands is very very uncool and frowned upon these days.

  • M Last

    yes!!!

    finally they will pay for music not copy from torrents :)

    funny but it take’s time

    now their singers really really happy

    I am happy too :)

    I hope they remember Steve Jobs

  • Pratik Panchal

    Thank god we got an itunes store in india… finally can download some original music!!!

  • JomanJi

    serbia serbia serbia no serbia… okay :(

  • http://appbuntu.com/ Ivan

    As an Indonesian, this is great news :)

  • tggt00

    Finally!
    In Israel!!!!
    יש!!!
    סוף סוף! :)

  • mwanawevhu

    ZIMBABWEEEEEE!!!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/chuanqi.zhu.7 Chuanqi Zhu

    No China, What a shame

  • Asaf

    YESSSSSSSSSS !!
    ISRAEL
    FINALLY I WONT BE A PIRATE WITH MY IPHONE 5

  • http://twitter.com/worm_202 Sergey Filatov

    I don’t believe my ears – iTunes Store in Russia…. :)

    BTW It seems that Apple TV may officially come to Russia

  • Yuri

    still no movies function for south africa and still not even angry birds on itunes apple must start to wake up

  • iNfAMOUS70702

    ITunes 11 for windows is horrible :/ …super buggy app

  • http://twitter.com/fciftci_ Fırat Çiftçi

    Yes! Turkey!

  • http://www.facebook.com/kenrick88 Kenrick Fernandes

    INDIA <3 Dream come true : ) ) ) no more piracy . . .

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=768339664 Aleksandar Kojić

    Cannot believe that iTunes music store is still unavailable in Croatia, ’cause we have some features related to App store and iPhone and navigation (Apple) that even EU countries don’t have. :(

    • JomanJi

      Ni u srbiu nema :( (Neither in servia :( )