iTunes Movie Sales: It is being reported by many, including AppleInsider, that movies are now available through Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL)‘s iTunes in more than 40 newly added countries.
Although it appears that Apple is limiting the selection and availability from country to country, it is good to see that they have made progress in this department. Over the past few months, especially since the online media storefront launched in early December, Apple fans the world over have been longing for this day.
On December 4th, the iTunes Music Store was brought to 56 countries. That being said, only Indonesia, India, Turkey, and Russia were offering video and movie purchases. Fortunately, it only took another week for additional countries to be added.
Per AppleInsider, iTunes Store users in the following countries now have access to movies:
Africa, the Middle East and India: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Botswana, Cape Verde, Egypt, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea-Bissau, India, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Niger, Nigeria, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Swaziland, United Arab Emirates, Uganda and Zimbabwe
Asia Pacific: Indonesia, Micronesia, Mongolia, Tajikistan and Turkmenistan
Europe: Belarus, Moldova, Russia, Turkey and Ukraine
Latin America and the Caribbean: Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Bahamas, Belize, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Dominica, Grenada, St. Kitts and Nevis, Trinidad and Tobago
With this addition in more than 40 countries, it is easy to see that Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) is looking to improve on its media dominance in new regions. It is also clear that the company’s international presence – at least in the music/movie software realm – is one step ahead of Android and other platforms.
According to a recent story by MacStories, Apple has a big advantage in the area of worldwide media sales. The tech giant uses its music stores to reach roughly 61% of the global population. This is a huge lead over Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT), currently sitting in second place with 16 percent.
With this recent update, it is safe to say that iTunes movie sales will likely see moderate expansion in the near future. Let us know your thoughts on Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL)’s potential in this arena in the comments section below.
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