iTunes Store to Open Up to Another 10 EU Countries “At Any Time”


Apple's iTunes Store is lost in translation in Hong Kong.
Apple's iTunes Store is lost in translation in Hong Kong.

A Polish newspaper reports that Apple’s iTunes Store is set to open up to another ten countries in the European Union. A launch date for the service is still unknown, but sources have reportedly indicated that it could come “at any time.”

Rzeczpospolita [translation] names the Czech Republic, Hungary, and Poland as three of the ten countries to finally get the iTunes Store, while the other seven have not been specified. MacRumors notes that out of the 27 countries in the EU, twelve are yet to get the iTunes Store, including: Bulgaria, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, and Slovenia.

It is rumored that Cyprus and Malta will be the two countries left out of launch, owing to their “geographical isolation” and their smaller populations.

All 27 EU countries have been enjoying Apple’s App Store for some time, but the delay in opening up the music side of things is all due to the licensing of content in each market.

[via MacRumors]

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  • petriv

    Also, it seems existing stores are gearing up for more content: Finnish (and apparently Swedish) iTunes Stores now have movies available for purchase and rent.

    Launch is not yet official as there is currently no dedicated movie section, but movies can be found with search tools.

    Finally, I say, after owning an AppleTV for three years..

  • Andy S Panayiotou

    Not quite so- Cyprus has had an iTunes store for the past couple of months.

  • Arnold

    In Romania it is getting ready to be launched, we can already buy some books from the bookstore and soon the music will be available too. Finally… I was waiting for a long time for this

  • Munas

    Lithuanian iTunes store got Music and Audiobooks. It is still not functioning, however it is possible to get list of books or songs. However, the view ones are listed differs from US or UK stores, at least for the moment.