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Apple to launch iTunes for Australia on Oct. 25th?

updated 06:50 am EDT, Wed October 19, 2005

iTunes for Australia

Apple may be preparing to later this month, according to a report by AppleTalk. The blog reports that Apple has organized a press briefing on October 25th, where is Apple's vice president of the iTunes Music Store and iPod Marketing will appear: "Apple Australia has organised a major briefing on Tuesday at which the worldwide head of iTunes Music Store and worldwide head of iPod Marketing will appear. It's highly unusual for Apple to hold a press briefing unless a product announcement is being made, and it's hard to imagine the head of iTMS flying from the US to Australia for any other reason than the announcement of iTMS Australia. Other corroborating evidence is that Australian music video producers have recently shot some videos specifically for playback on small screens - likely to be iTMS exclusives for the launch."




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  1. revco

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    sticker shock

    $1.69! Wow, that's ridiculous. Around the $1.40 - $1.50 mark would have been great. $1.69 converted to USD is about 28% more than the US iTunes store.
    Because of our distance, Australians have always paid a bit more for Apple branded products - usually 10-15% (shipping and middlemen). This sets a new record.
    I'm disappointed.

  1. tomodachi

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    re: sticker shock

    Be glad you're not in Japan, where most songs are 150yen, which is about $1.30 according to today's exchange rate (30% higher than US).

  1. revco

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    re: sticker shock

    It just checked out the Australian iTunes store. Of the dozen or so albums I would consider buying only two were $16.99. The others were $21.99 or only available as single purchases. So as single purchases, an album with 14 tracks would cost $23.66. I think that's stupid. I'll stick to buying regular CDs and ripping them into iTunes.

  1. beeble

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    revco

    Blame the labels who have taken this long to negotiate with Apple. It was either this or nothing and Apple has opted for nothing for several years trying to talk the labels down.

    As to paying extra because of distance, check the shipping label on your box. It was shipped by Qantas Air Freight from Apple's factory in Singapore. The extra price is to cover Apple's backside from the fluctuating currency market. That and the significantly higher costs in doing business in Australia compared to the US. For example, Australian workers get twice the amount of paid vacation a year than US workers do.

    Maybe 4 weeks a year isn't looking quite so good now that you realise that it isn't actually your employer who's paying for it.

  1. moonmonkey

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Paid Vacation

    Its not that they get twice as much paid vacation, its just that they act like they are on vacation when at work.

  1. burger

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    chime in

    Bawahahahahahahaha

  1. jpollard

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Agreed

    It's my favourite catalogue, too. Mate.

    No, I think it's great that Apple is going down under.

  1. achillies39

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    re Revco

    You're lucky you aren't a Mac user in NZ. All Apple products come through Australia adding on a further cost layer. Apple don't seem to realise (or don't care) how this affects their market penetration here.
    No sign of a NZ iTunes store is no surprise.

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