During Monday’s introduction of Apple Music at the Worldwide Developers Conference, Apple said “over 100 countries” will have access to its music-streaming/social/radio platform when it launches June 30. But it didn’t say which countries those would be.
We’ve done some investigating, and we’re pretty sure we’ve got a good idea of who’s definitely getting their dance on. Check out our map below.
How do we know which countries we can safely confirm? It’s not entirely scientific, but we clicked on all the iTunes links for every country listed on Apple’s site. If the page header had an Apple Music listing at the top, we’re pretty sure they’re all set to go at the end of this month.
This picture does come with a few caveats, however.
For one thing, most of the countries in Central and South America, along with most of those little islands in the Caribbean, don’t have their own dedicated iTunes site. Apple lumps them all under “Latin America” with both English and Spanish pages. But anyone from, say, Belize who clicked on their country at the selection screen would go to a site that includes information about Apple Music, so we feel pretty safe including it on the chart.
Another thing to consider is that this map is almost certainly going to change in the next few weeks. Apple probably hasn’t been specific about Apple Music countries because it likely hasn’t finished closing all the deals it must wrap up to put its service into place. So when you look at our data, bear in mind that some “blue” countries will become greens in the coming days and weeks. This is just where they’re at right now based on our investigation.
So how close is Apple Music to that 100-nation mark? As of this writing — and according to our data — it’s about two-thirds of the way there with 66 countries. That leaves another 52 that could get the service (i.e. those with access to iTunes but no “Apple Music” heading), so it has plenty of room to expand. Obviously, Apple wants to hit all 52 of those places, which would give it a total reach of 117 countries. And that would be a lot of people listening to Beats 1 radio and asking Siri to play the top hits of 1972.
I just looked it up — those songs are amazing.