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iTunes Music Store launches in Australia (Updated)

imageAs expected, Apple has launched a version of its iTunes Music Store for citizens of Australia. Music is priced at AU$1.69 per song, while music videos are priced at AU$3.39. As with all non-US iTunes Music Stores, there are no TV shows available for purchase. The Australian store can currently be accessed through the drop-down country selection menu at the bottom of the iTunes Music Store.

The long-awaited Australian store was expected to debut in late April/early May alongside four new European stores, but was apparently delayed due to contract negotiations with record labels. In addition to Australian flag image icons showing up on Apple’s servers, actor/musician Russell Crowe told listeners of a radio station in the country that the store would open on April 28th of this year.

Update: According to Apple’s official press release, the Australian store will offer “most albums at $16.99 including GST,” with a total library of over one million songs and 1,000 music videos. Apple has secured exclusive tracks from artists Missy Higgins, Bernard Fanning, Paul Mac, Evermore, Gyroscope and The Dissociatives, with additional content from well-known Australian artists.

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1

its about bloody time

Posted by grant burton on October 24, 2005 at 6:07 PM (CDT)

2

Yay! It is about bloody time but all will be forgotten. This is a wierd situation though, because the store has been up since the early hours of the morning, but its still 15 minutes until the official press conference in Sydney. Apple will hate having the thunder stolen, but who cares?

Posted by Nick on October 24, 2005 at 6:59 PM (CDT)

3

Already bought my first album.  Was so easy and I love the ability to preview before buying.  So much easier and cheaper than a physical store.  JB Hi-Fi have some real competition now - maybe they’ll drop their CD prices even lower!!

Posted by iGod on October 24, 2005 at 8:24 PM (CDT)

4

Interestingly, the ‘request music’ feature doesn’t yet work, it cant find the website, hopefully this will be fixed soon

Posted by Nick on October 24, 2005 at 9:04 PM (CDT)

5

Fantastic!

Will definately be using iTunes for individual songs, but with album prices of $16.99 comparted to $20 for most CDs I think I’ll still be buying hard copies.

Thoughts?

Posted by gadgetboy on October 24, 2005 at 9:46 PM (CDT)

6

Works fine, already purchased one song as a test. There is no content from Sony/BMG. Negotiations are continuing, however according to reports the Apple guys at the launch would not comment on this issue.

Posted by Madam on October 24, 2005 at 10:11 PM (CDT)

7

If i’m not mistaken was it not the pan-european sotre (or was it the ireland store) where they did the same thing? opened the store for business in the morning b4 the actual press conf? in other words, this isn’t unusual.  they know some people are just waiting to get their purchases, and now that it’s opened early those that don’t follow the news so closely will be able to see the store with top 10 (album/songs) columns already filled.

I remember when they launched the podcast directory, the canadian store listed ONLY 1 podcast in the top ten for the first 12hrs or so. (probably a glitch

Posted by keyMACer on October 24, 2005 at 10:16 PM (CDT)

8

just out of curiosity, what’s keeping you from buying from the american store?  ip address?  billing address?

Posted by Craig on October 24, 2005 at 11:10 PM (CDT)

9

I’m pretty sure its the billing address which is the problem. IT would be better to buy tracks from there because of the exchange rate.

Posted by rob on October 24, 2005 at 11:26 PM (CDT)

10

you have never been allowed in the US store from anywhere else due to 2 things.. a US billing address, and a US based Credit card… so Aussis are shut out of the US store… but now we have our own.. things are looking up, Sony just needs to be on board and things will be real rosy!

Posted by grant burton on October 24, 2005 at 11:34 PM (CDT)

11

Hmm, prices could be better. Considering I can get most of the albums in physical form with booklet and case, and an actual CD for $2 or $3 more, I know which I’ll stick with thanks.
Also, I just looked up the last 5 CDs I’ve bought.. none of them are available on iTMSAU, which doesn’t give me much faith in them getting music I would want to buy if I was going to buy through iTMS.
Still, I’ll sign up just to get the free weekly downloads if nothing else.

Posted by saveferris91 in Melbourne, Australia on October 25, 2005 at 12:51 AM (CDT)

12

allofmp3.com much?

Posted by pld on October 25, 2005 at 1:22 AM (CDT)

13

SonyBMG pushes for iTunes deal
http://www.theage.com.au/articles/2005/10/25/1130006106837.html

Posted by Madam on October 25, 2005 at 2:11 AM (CDT)

14

AU$1.69/song? That’s crazy! In Canada we pay 99¢/song & $9.99/album. At today’s exchange rate, 99¢ CA = $1.11 AU. You’re paying over 50% more in Australia for the same song - even more for albums!! Seems to me that the record companies are well down the road of forcing Apple to charge higher prices. That’s a vote for piracy if I’ve ever heard one.

Posted by xactly on October 25, 2005 at 2:51 AM (CDT)

15

While it is nice That Australia has ITunes spare a thought for us in New Zealand no tunes and we can’t even get into the Oz store so close yet still so far away and the ipod video will be my 3rd ipod this year where’s the love, i will have to turn the Russians for help, they don’t mind taking my money.

Posted by digiguy on October 25, 2005 at 3:55 AM (CDT)

16

Just enter your city as ‘New Zealand’ in any Australian state, and buy away ;)

Posted by Phill Bryant on October 25, 2005 at 4:39 AM (CDT)

17

The australian prices include sales tax, so while they’re indeed being ripped off in comparison with other stores, it’s by less than you’d think.

Posted by Jesper on October 25, 2005 at 6:18 AM (CDT)

18

Plus, I guess I’d be right in assuming that Australia has a much more stable economy than the US/Canada and so things just generally are more expensive, thats how it is in England….You think OMG HOW MUCH? But its relative to how much you earn, you can’t compare it on an exchange rate alone.

Posted by Howard on October 25, 2005 at 7:22 AM (CDT)

19

Gee, there is a lack of big name Australian artists (not from Sony) also it seems expensive. Even a lot of top forty missing.

A lot of artists seem to be that you have to buy individual tracks and not at the album rate - especially if the album has more than 10 tracks then it’s track only.

Posted by GoldCoaster on October 25, 2005 at 8:46 AM (CDT)

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My calculations based on ITMS cost of AUD 1.69 per song versus USD 0.99 per song.

A song costs AUD 1.69 less 10% GST = AUD 1.52 @ today’s conversion to USD rate of 0.754214 = USD 1.15 so we’re paying USD 0.16 (AUD 0.21) more per song.

Using a similar calculation on the Canadian $ it seems they get ITMS cheaper than US ie CAD 0.99 = USD 0.84

Sorry if I’ve got this wrong. Maths isn’t my strong point.

Posted by Madam on October 25, 2005 at 10:02 AM (CDT)

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