Apple announced Tuesday that it is launching a whole host of its services in dozens more countries around the world.
Starting today, the App Store, Apple Arcade, Apple Podcasts, and iCloud are available in 20 additional countries. Apple Music, meanwhile, has picked up an additional 52 (!) international markets.
“We’re delighted to bring many of Apple’s most beloved Services to users in more countries than ever before,” said Oliver Schusser, Apple’s vice president of Apple Music and International Content, in a statement. “We hope our customers can discover their new favorite apps, games, music, and podcasts as we continue to celebrate the world’s best creators, artists, and developers.”
Apple services are now available in 20+ new countries…
The App Store, Apple Arcade, Apple Podcasts and iCloud are now available in (deep breath) Cameroon, Côte d’Ivoire, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Gabon, Libya, Morocco, Rwanda, Zambia, the Maldives and Myanmar, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Georgia, Kosovo, Montenegro, Serbia, Afghanistan, Iraq, Nauru, Tonga, and Vanuatu.
Apple Music is available in all of the above (minus Afghanistan and Nauru), plus the following: Algeria, Angola, Benin, Chad, Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Mozambique, Namibia, Republic of the Congo, Senegal, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Tanzania, Tunisia, Bhutan, Croatia, Iceland, North Macedonia, the Bahamas, Guyana, Jamaica, Montserrat, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Suriname, Turks and Caicos, Uruguay, Kuwait, Qatar, Yemen, and the Solomon Islands.
Many of these markets are relatively small ones for Apple. However, it’s good news at a time when Apple is increasingly relying on its services to bolster revenue. Services have done particularly well for Apple during the COVID-19 pandemic. As other businesses struggle (including challenges for Apple with the closure of Apple Stores and production challenges), services have been a bright spot. Apple has not released any figures itself. But the App Store, Apple Music, and Apple TV+ have all reportedly received a recent boost as people are stuck home.
The additional markets now mean the App Store is available in 175 countries and markets. Apple Music, meanwhile, is available in a massive 167 countries worldwide. That’s the overwhelming majority of the world’s sovereign states, which number 203 in total.