Why Apple Don’t Let Other Countries Buy in USA iTunes?

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Date: April 22, 2010 Review by: Simon Tay

This is going to be a rant for most non-US citizens worldwide, why don’t Apple open up their USA iTunes store to allow customers from other countries to BUY the Songs/Books/Apps/TV Shows LEGALLY.

If you check Singapore iTunes, it’s really pale in comparison to the iTunes stores in USA!

The iTunes in USA have tabs on MUSIC, Movies, App Store, Podcasts, Audiobooks & iTunes University whereas Singapore only have App Store & iTunes University!!

Why are they limiting the potential of their sales to only customers living in United States?

Imagines the potential of selling all the songs, videos & apps in a GLOBAL STORE instead of limiting their stores to only certain countries!

The reason why I am ranting is because, I am going to BUY an iPad 3G soon and with that I need to get all the cool stuff into it easily…and there are MANY WAYS of doing it.

  1. Go to my tips page to find out how to get an USA account to download only free contents from USA iTunes.
  2. Jump through hoops to get an prepaid USA Credit Card from overseas through questionable websites & register an USA iTunes account and pray it works.
  3. Pay some questionable websites a premium to buy a USA iTunes gift cards in the U.S. at a high price.
  4. Get to know some American friends to do the above.
  5. GET STEVE JOBS to OPEN UP THE iTunes stores and allow LEGAL contents to be easily purchasable overseas!

Which option will benefit APPLE, the developers, the content providers, the customers?

Do you know that many people don’t even bothered about buying anymore and goes directly to torrents or even paid rapid share accounts to get their Movie fix and it’s not because they are poor but because they are UNABLE TO ACCESS the legal contents via their local iTunes!

Is it because of the DRM or copyrights are different in other countries hence Apple may not be able to distribute the contents without seeking “rights” to sell contents produced in United States Globally?

Dear music industry, publishers, movie makers, singers, developers and content owners….I humbly ask you the following question.


If YES, lobby to APPLE to allow content providers to sell worldwide instead of just U.S.A or at least to countries with English as their first language like Singapore.

There are MANY PEOPLE in other countries are more than willing to PAY for conveniences!

Let there be PODCAST, Music, TV Shows, Applications & more for GLOBAL CUSTOMERS!

UPDATE: iTunes in Singapore now have a new feature! It’s the PODCAST! Woohooo! Podcast in iTunes Just went INTERNATIONAL!! YES! Ranting about it sure works! Now I do hope the Western Media can open up their minds on releasing their PAID Content of movies, televisions series & music to the rest of the world for us to PAY THEM to enjoy them LEGALLY! Kudos to Steve Jobs & his excellent team!

Update: Promo codes can now be redeemed through any App Store around the world. That means you can send promo codes to any country and allow them to download that app using any international iTunes account. This is a excellent idea as many apps gift givers are scratching their heads when buying apps to give people from another country to redeem, Kudos to Steve Jobs & his excellent team again!

Update:Apple launches iTunes Store in 12 New Asia Markets including Singapore! that means MOVIES & MUSIC is now AVAILABLE to Singapore iPhone/iPad users!

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