Apple To Hold Russian iTunes Event On December 4th [Report]

Apple To Hold Russian iTunes Event On December 4th [Report]

In Russia, you don’t buy music… you pirate it, along with pretty much everything else digital. That could soon change, though, as Apple is apparently now inviting a small group of Russians to an iTunes event scheduled to take place in Moscow tomorrow, December 4.

Mailed out by Apple’s local PR person, Irina Efremova, the Russian iTunes event will reportedly take place in GUM, one of Moscow’s more upscale shopping centers located on the famous Red Square.

Russian iTunes users have been noticing hints of a coming Russian iTunes Store since November, when a few people noticed they could search for tracks to purchase locally.

Apple could gain a lot by launching iTunes in Russia. Russia is one of the last big untapped markets when it comes to smartphone penetration, but it’s set to explode fourfold in the next two years.

On the other hand, though, rampant music and software piracy means that many companies can’t compete in Russia without charging significantly less than they would in other countries, sometimes as little as pennies on the dollar.

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  • ken147

    No. In Russia, you don’t buy music, Music buys you.

  • Legosik Newone

    An iTunes store with half prices. A track for ¢49

  • technochick

    An iTunes store with half prices. A track for ¢49

    This is a move that should probably happen everywhere. More with TV shows and movies than music.

  • brownlee
    An iTunes store with half prices. A track for ¢49

    This is a move that should probably happen everywhere. More with TV shows and movies than music.

    Why, besides the fact that you think it’s good because it’ll cost you less? Why would this be good for the industry?

  • ReedCole1

    my best friend’s aunt makes $70/hr on the laptop. She has been without work for 8 months but last month her pay check was $18544 just working on the laptop for a few hours. (Click on menu Home more information)
    http://goo.gl/7VAvO

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