Today, Apple announced the availability of iTunes Store in Hong Kong, Singapore, Taiwan and other nine countries all over Asia to allow new markets enjoy incredible collections of local and international music and thousands of stunning HD movies.
Other additional nine countries are: Brunei, Cambodia, Laos, Macau, Malaysia, Philippines, Thailand, Sri Lanka and Vietnam. Music lovers and movie fanatics from these countries can now rent and purchase a wide variety of music from their local and international idols such as Andy Lau, Girls Generation, Adele, The Beatles, Jason Mraz and so much more and movies from major studios worldwide!
I personally believe that the availability of iTunes Store in this region would impact a lot the way consumers as well as artists and movie studios offer and enjoy digital media. One strong advantage for instance of this software-based online digital media store is that the piracy of movies and music will be lessen. Local musicians and Cinema studios alike will be given an opportunity to offer their records and movies to the store and start generating revenues from it. Customers all over the region will also be given enough choices to select and discover new songs or movies since the store has millions of digital media items to offer. These are just few among all the good things that iTunes Store can offer.
Here is the press release from Apple.
HONG KONG—June 27, 2012—Apple® today announced the launch of the iTunes Store® in Hong Kong, Singapore, Taiwan and nine additional countries in Asia featuring an incredible selection of local and international music from all the major labels and thousands of independent labels. The iTunes Store features local artists including Jay Chou, Girls Generation and Andy Lau, international artists including ADELE, The Beatles and Jason Mraz, and world-renowned classical musicians including Lang Lang, Yo Yo Ma and Yuja Wang. Customers can choose from over 20 million songs available to purchase and download on the iTunes Store.
Apple is bringing the iTunes Store to music fans in Brunei, Cambodia, Laos, Macau, Malaysia, Philippines, Thailand, Sri Lanka and Vietnam. Customers can also rent or purchase movies from the iTunes Store, with many available in stunning HD, from major studios including 20th Century Fox, Paramount Pictures, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, The Walt Disney Studios and Warner Bros. Pictures. The iTunes Store joins the revolutionary App Store™ which offers more than 650,000 apps to consumers in 155 countries.
The iTunes Store is the best way for iPhone®, iPad®, iPod®, Mac® and PC users to legally discover, purchase and download music online. All music on the iTunes Store comes in iTunes Plus®, Apple’s DRM-free format with high-quality 256 kbps AAC encoding for audio virtually indistinguishable from the original recordings.
iTunes® in the Cloud lets you download your previously purchased iTunes music to all your iOS devices at no additional cost, and new music purchases can be downloaded automatically to all your devices. In addition, music not purchased from the iTunes Store can gain the same benefits by using iTunes Match℠, a new service that stores your entire music library in iCloud® for access at any time, from any iOS device. iTunes Match is available for purchase in the new countries added today.