Apple Launches iTunes Store in Russia, Turkey, India, and 52 Other Countries

Apple finally launched its iTunes Store service in 56 countries, which include big and emerging markets such as Russia, Turkey, India, and South Africa. The service allows customers from those parts of the world to buy music in their local currencies, who were till now redirected to the U.K. or U.S. stores, and had to pay in USD or GBP.

The diversification also allows artists and record labels local to the countries to sell their content on the iTunes Store, reaching out to millions of iPhone, iPad, iPod, users. In addition to music, customers from Russia, Turkey, India, and Indonesia will also be able to purchase movies from the store. In addition to music and movies (where available), customers have access to over 700,000 apps for iOS and Mac OS X devices.

MOSCOW—December 4, 2012—Apple today announced the launch of the iTunes Store in Russia, Turkey, India, South Africa and 52 additional countries 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 Elka in Russia, Sezen Aksu in Turkey, AR Rahman in India, and Zahara in South Africa, international artists including The Beatles, Taylor Swift and Coldplay, 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.

Movie fans can choose from a wide selection of films available for rent or purchase from the iTunes Store, with many available in stunning HD, from major studios including 20th Century Fox, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, The Walt Disney Studios and Warner Bros. Pictures, as well as leading local distributors.*

The iTunes Store is available in 119 countries and 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 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.

Customers also have access to the revolutionary App Store with more than 700,000 apps available in 155 countries.

Pricing & Availability

iTunes 11 for Mac and Windows includes the iTunes Store and is available as a free download from iTunes Store purchases require a valid credit card with a billing address in country.

*Movies are available today in Russia, Turkey, India and Indonesia, and will be available in select additional countries.