Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) launched its iTunes Store today in Russia, Turkey, India, South Africa, and 52 other countries, with a vast collection of local and international artists from both the big and independent labels.
Hitting a total cumulative audience of about 1.4 billion, this launch brings the number of iTunes-enabled countries up to 119; enabling iPhone, iPad, iPod, Mac, and PC users from all across these countries to discover, purchase, and download music directly from one dedicated Apple official iTune store.
The launch of the iTunes store in the two big countries of India and Indonesia seems like a major move, considering their population size of 1.2 billion and 240 million respectively.
Back in June, 2012, when Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) rolled out its iTunes 11 in 12 new Asian markets, the list of those 12 countries did not include Indonesia and India despite their large population and a great number of Apple users.
This time, however, Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) has opened gates to India and Indonesia, enabling their users to enjoy access to a range of videos and musical content – all from their own iTunes store.
The iTunes store features local artists like Elka in Russia, Sezen Aksu in Turkey, AR Rahman in India, and Zahara in South Africa. Now, the good news is that the international list of big and known artists featured on iTunes include The Beatles, Taylor Swift, and Cold Play.
Not just music, but movie fans now have the option to choose from an incredibly wide collection of movies available for rent or purchase at iTunes store. World class famous classical artists like Lang Lang, Yo Yo Ma, and Yuja Wang will also be featured on Apple’s revolutionary app store.
According to Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL), Customers will also have access to the App Store, with more than 700,000 apps available in 155 countries. Yesterday, Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) also announced that iPhone 5 will be available in more than 50 countries this month, beginning with South Korea this Friday, Dec 7