Apple May Be Changing International iTunes Pricing

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Apple may be prepping a change in iTunes pricing, a long-time sore spot for international users sometimes charged double that of buyers in the United States.


The tech giant announced maintenance work on iTunes Connect between 9am and 4pm Pacific. The work centers on “pricing changes” that will result in users from several countries, including Mexico, U.K., and Australia, being unable to make purchases. In the case of Australia, that country’s dollar is $1.03 while the Cupertino, Calif. company’s iTunes ‘exchange rate’ expects $0.60 – or an 81 percent surcharge.

Elsewhere, Switzerland-based iTunes users are levied a 105 percent surcharge, according to reports.

The iTunes maintenance is also seen as pointing to the imminent released of OS X 10.7, codenamed ‘Lion.’