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Movies finally available on German iTunes Store

updated 10:30 am EDT, Thu April 16, 2009

Movies on German iTunes

Germans can at last access movies from their local iTunes Store, Apple has announced. The company has agreed to distribution deals with a variety of major and independent studios, foreign and local, and posted an initial collection of 500 titles for renting or purchase. Some American titles include The Dark Knight and Pineapple Express, while German ones include Die Fälscher and Keinohrhasen.

Purchased movies cost €7.99 for older titles, €9.99 for more recent ones or €13.99 for new releases. Rentals are priced at €2.99 or €3.99, divided simply between library or current status; an extra euro is charged to watch a rental in HD. Only slightly over 100 titles are available to rent in HD.

by MacNN Staff



  1. WiseWeasel

    Joined: Dec 1969


    it's a trap

    Don't buy DRM'd downloadable content, you don't really own it, you can only use it with Apple devices, and it could become unusable if Apple shut down their authentication servers for whatever reason. Get DVDs instead and rip them to h.264; you'll have total control.

  1. Jeronimo2000

    Joined: Dec 1969


    thank you, wiseweasel

    That's very thoughtful of you, to do all the thinking for me.

    I don't have a problem with the content only playing on my Mac and iPhone (and an Apple TV, if I had one). But I will think of your kind advice the next time the missus and me want to see a movie (on a Sunday night) that we don't own on DVD yet. Well, I know I could just rent it from Apple, but you're right, I wouldn't have "total control". God, I hate it when I don't have total control. I'll better wait until Monday then, and go into town and buy the DVD.

    Thanks for enlightening me!

  1. WiseWeasel

    Joined: Dec 1969


    rent != buy

    Renting is one thing, and DRM makes perfect sense there, but note that I said don't BUY DRM'd downloadable content, because you're really not buying it, but merely long-ish term renting it for Apple-approved devices. If you have the choice, buy movies on DVD and rip to standard format, and you'll have them forever.

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