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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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Comments

21

WHY are people cry about the price? You’re all stingy. It’s cheaper to buy a single on iTMS than at at any other conventional music store. Quit ya crying…

Hunters & Collectors are supposed to be on the store… but they’re not. Any idea where they are? Live long and prosper, Spock.

Posted by Spock on October 25, 2005 at 10:17 AM (CDT)

22

yeh there’s a lot of music missing atm, but its only going to get better i spose

Posted by Nuke666 in Melbourne, Austalia on October 25, 2005 at 5:40 PM (CDT)

23

Re: Spock’s comment, Yes it is cheaper to buy a single through iTMS than at a store, but at a store you get a physical copy of the CD which also contains b-sides, remixes, music videos etc, things that iTMS would rather you pay extra for. Say a single has two b-sides and a music video, that’s $1.69, plus another $3.38 for the b-sides and another $3.39 for the video. All of a sudden you’ve spent $8.46 as opposed to $3 or $4 in a store. Ok, you may not want the video or b-sides, and if that’s the case, iTMS could be for you. But that’s just my opinion.

Posted by saveferris91 in Melbourne, Australia on October 26, 2005 at 12:43 AM (CDT)

24

Phill Bryant - rot!  I tried what you said and it stops me because my credit card is ‘not valid in Australia’.

Posted by zkarj on October 26, 2005 at 5:03 AM (CDT)

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