Wednesday 5 December 2012, 11:20 | By CMU Editorial
Apple opens iTunes Store in 56 more countries, including Russia
Hey, good news for all the very fine people of Anguilla, Antigua & Barbuda, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bahamas, Bahrain, Barbados, Belarus, Belize, Bermuda, Botswana, British Virgin Islands, Burkina-Faso, Cape Verde, Cayman Islands, Dominica, Egypt, Fiji, Gambia, Ghana, Grenada, Guinea-Bissau, India, Indonesia, Israel, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kyrgyzstan, Lebanon, Mauritius, Micronesia, Moldova, Mongolia, Mozambique, Namibia, Nepal, Niger, Nigeria, Oman, Papua New Guinea, Qatar, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Saint Kitts And Nevis, South Africa, Swaziland, Tajikistan, Trinidad And Tobago, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Uganda, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, Uzbekistan and Zimbabwe. Now you too can be fully underwhelmed by iTunes 11. Let’s party.
Yes, Apple opened up its market-leading download store, accessed via the iTunes software, in a whole 56 extra countries yesterday, meaning the digital content service is now available in 119 markets worldwide. The long list of new countries, which includes some of the world’s smaller territories, also includes some major markets, in terms of potential customer base, including India and Russia.
There had been speculation that Apple’s plans to launch in Russia had been scuppered by licensing issues and problems getting its vouchers into Russian shops, with local media saying plans for iTunes Russia had been “delayed indefinitely” after an expected mid-November launch didn’t occur. But seemingly those issues were exaggerated somewhat, and it’s possible Apple was waiting to get iTunes 11 live first.