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Apple launches iTunes for Australia

updated 08:00 pm EDT, Mon October 24, 2005

iTunes for Australia

Apple today finally launched its , offering Australian music fans Apple's innovative features, breakthrough pricing and seamless integration with iPod. Now available in 21 countries, iTunes features the most music of any digital music store in Australia with over one million songs from major and independent record labels and over 1,000 music videos. Songs are priced at just $1.69 per song and $3.39 per video, while most albums are priced at $16.99 including GST. "We're thrilled to bring the revolutionary iTunes Music Store to Australia," said Eddy Cue, Apple's vice president of iTunes. "iTunes features the largest catalogue of local and international music in Australia with over one million songs, enabling music fans to purchase their favourites with one click and have them automatically sync to their iPod."

The local iTunes store features exclusive music tracks from Australian artists Missy Higgins, Bernard Fanning, Paul Mac, Evermore, Gyroscope and The Dissociatives. Extensive catalogues are available from Australian greats INXS, Hunters & Collectors, Paul Kelly and Slim Dusty. In addition, there are iTunes Originals from local heroes Spiderbait, and international stars R.E.M., Alanis Morissette, LL Cool J, PJ Harvey and Sting.

Readers note that the store lacks the TV shows found in the US store but does have music videos and Pixar short films for AUD$3.39; however, Sony BMG artists like Kelly Clarkson and Shannon Noll are not listing in the store.

iTunes also features international exclusives, such as Madonna's entire catalogue, digital box sets from U2 and Stevie Wonder, albums with digital booklets from Jack Johnson and Elvis Costello and more exclusives from Black Eyed Peas, Tiesto, Bloc Party, Elbow, Hayley Westenra and Jamie Cullum. Exclusive videos include U2, an online Beastie Boys exclusive and an extensive Madonna catalogue. The iTunes Podcast Directory features over 25,000 Podcasts, including featured Australian Podcasts from ABC, Triple J, Triple M and SBS Radio.

Purchase and download of songs from the iTunes Music Store requires a valid credit card with a billing address in the country of purchase. Music fans in Australia have the option to use iTunes Music Cards for cash purchases on the iTunes Music Store. iTunes Music Cards are available at Coles Myer as well as through the Apple Store. iTunes Music Cards will be sold in $20, $50 and $100 denominations and are available through Myer, Megamart, BI-LO, Coles Supermarkets, Pick 'n' Pay Hypermarket, Kmart, Target, Coles Express, Officeworks and Harris Technology. Prices include GST.




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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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