Apple Pay will be rolling out to customers in Austria soon, according to the country’s largest bank. The Cupertino firm is working to expand global availability of its own mobile payments solution to 40 markets around the world in 2019.
Following months of renovations, Apple’s first-ever store in Austria will be opening later this month at the location previously occupied by fashion company Esprit on one of downtown Vienna’s most famous shopping streets.
Customers in Italy, Singapore and Austria who lack a credit or debit card can now take advantage of carrier billing on iTunes to have app and media purchases made on Apple’s content stores (including Apple Music subscriptions) billed directly to a monthly mobile phone bill from their carrier.
As per Apple, carrier billing’s been enabled for select carriers—in Austria for Drei customers, Italy for Three customers and Singapore for M1 Limited users.
After making its U.S. debut last month, Amazon’s $9.99 per month music-streaming service is set to expand to the United Kingdom, Germany and Austria beginning Monday, announced the online retail giant. The service was live in the United Kingdom at post time, with roll-outs in Germany and Austria following later today.
Earlier this morning, rival Google released revamped Play Music apps with machine learning-driven recommendations based on user location, activity and time of day.