MANILA, Philippines — If you own a piece of Apple hardware and is an avid user of iTunes, lend us your ears: the Cupertino-based technology giant has finally opened its iTunes Store for downloads of music, movies and other digital content to Philippine users, as well as 11 other Asian countries beginning Wednesday.
The move effectively allows Filipino iPod, iPhone, iPad, Mac and PC owners entry to a wealth of musical and theatrical content, or around 20 million songs currently available on Apple’s digital content distribution platform.
Other countries now allowed to purchase content from iTunes include Hong Kong, Singapore, Taiwan, Brunei, Cambodia, Laos, Macau, Malaysia, Thailand, Sri Lanka and Vietnam.
Apple said the opening of iTunes in these countries also signal the entry of more Asian content in the platform.
“Customers can also rent or purchase movies from the iTunes Store, with many available in stunning HD, from major studios including 20th Century Fox, Paramount Pictures, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, The Walt Disney Studios and Warner Bros. Pictures,” it added.
Long awaited by music and film aficionados in the Philippines, the iTunes Store revolutionized the music industry in the West as well as in other countries with the introduction of low-cost DRM-free MP3 downloads, at just $0.99 per song. It also recently allowed the renting of movies starting at $2.99, where users can keep a copy of the film for 30 days and will have 48 hours to view the film once they clicked the Play button.
Apple, however, did not mention whether it would be allowing the download of TV shows through the iTunes Store in the near future.