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Report: New international iTunes Music Stores Thursday

Apple this week may use the second anniversary of the iTunes Music Store to launch new versions in Australia and a handful of European countries.

Actor/musician Russell Crowe told listeners to a radio station that an Australian iTunes Music Store would open on Thursday, April 28. Crowe said that the store would sell his new solo music offerings, and that songs would cost AUD$1.80 a track.

Meanwhile, German site reports that Apple will also use Thursday to debut iTunes Music Stores in Switzerland, Sweden, Denmark, and Norway.

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Will the Aussie iTunes Store cover New Zealand as well? It should be I suspect not.

Posted by Guido Hatsis on April 25, 2005 at 2:36 AM (CDT)


if so, its about time…. but people are always saying itms is just about to come, and it never has.

hopefully this is true though

Posted by t i m on April 25, 2005 at 2:44 AM (CDT)


finally the iTMS in Australia, finally i can put the iPod to good use

Posted by Mot1912 on April 25, 2005 at 2:49 AM (CDT)


Yay! Finally the Aussie store is here!  Now I can get all those 1 off tracks I have been wanting.

Also, since Australia up until now has not had an iPod compatible music store, and it is illegal to make your songs into MP3s here (at least I believe it is - any Aussie lawyers?) since we don’t have fair use laws the only legal use for an iPod was indie music and your own recordings!

Posted by m00j on April 25, 2005 at 4:26 AM (CDT)


1.80 a track?  Stick to film Rus…

Posted by apple juice on April 25, 2005 at 10:53 AM (CDT)


I have no prob wish Australia or anything, BUT i wish it was Japan. ARGHHHH i WANT JAPAN. come Japan jump on the bandwagon, everyone’s doin’ it, it’s the new thing.
- byrd

Posted by Byrdman on April 25, 2005 at 5:27 PM (CDT)


You guys realize it’s not up to Apple, it’s up to the music rights holders in each country.  Price is probably determined by their demands too.

The same music is “owned” by different parties in each country/region.  That’s how screwed up the music industry is.

As for Russell Crowe, it should be him paying people to listen to his music.

Plus is that right, people can’t rip CDs in iTunes in Australia and load their iPods?  Can’t be or else people wouldn’t bother buying iPods there.  Australia is supposedly up there in terms of iPod sales.

Posted by wco81 on April 25, 2005 at 6:43 PM (CDT)


That is quite correct about ipods and music ripping in Australia. Law in Australia prohibits music to be ‘copied’ in any way shape or form - that is, no making mixed tapes, no burning CDs and no putting music on other devices which could be used to distribute music.
Because the product is so popular, the music industry has been powerless to stop its use in this country. If they went to the courts and tried to stop Apple from selling the product, all Apple would have to do is change the way they market the product. Apart from that they could also go after individuals in the community who have bought an iPod - but I think no matter how much money was waved around, anyone would have a hard time getting the authorities to target individuals when there are a million other issues more deserving of attention.
Legal uses of the ipod include using it as a portable HD device, and using it as a personal voice recorder. You can also use it to play your own personally recorded music on it.
As for Crowe’s comments, I think most fellow Aussies will back me up when I say he is full of crap :) But hey - you never know - we could have our own store in a few days time. Don’t get too excited though.

Posted by dottz on April 26, 2005 at 3:11 AM (CDT)


Doesent anyone find it interesting that pepsi just just kicked off a big ipod mini giveaway yesterday (for those who haven’t seen, an ipod mini every 30 mins for the next 6 weeks and that is 24/7 plus 10 at the end – according to my calculation that’s approx 2026 minis) any coincidences there????? the timing could mean a dual promo - perhaps songs with the mini???

Im a little annoyed, I got a label a month ago, paid the exorbitant sms rate, only to get a reply that the competition started in 25 days. I sent the message this morning when I got up (6am – I presumed that noone would be drinking pepsi and entering competitions at that hour) but didn’t win even though I payed the entry fee twice…. injustice :(

I do have a 3g 10gig ipod, and my music collection is bigger than a mini, but a smaller ipod with a better battery would have been good.


comp details at

Posted by t i m on April 26, 2005 at 6:58 AM (CDT)

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