iTunes Store launched in Middle East

Apple today announced the launch of the iTunes Store® in UAE, Qatar, Russia, Turkey, India, South Africa and 50 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.

The iTunes Store, launched today in the GCC (including UAE, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Bahrain and Oman), features local artists such as Nancy Ajram, Myriam Fares and Amr Diab. The pricing of individual tracks starts from Dh4.49 while albums begin at Dh17.99 in the UAE.

However, users in the region still cannot purchase movies or TV shows, as they have been able to do for years in the US and many other countries.

Users could previously buy and download apps through iTunes in the region, but not songs.

The iTunes Store is now available in 119 countries and Apple says it is the best way for iPhone, iPad, iPod, Mac and PC users to legally discover, purchase and download music online.


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