“Apple has moved a step closer to launching its long-awaited iTunes online music store in New Zealand, taking over the itunes.co.nz domain name from a Dunedin businessman who first registered the web address,” Reuben Schwarz writes for The Sydney Morning Herald. “The move preceded the launch last week of CokeTunes, a big music download site for New Zealanders set up by Coca-Cola. In what’s believed to be a first in Australasia, customers can sign up and pay for music downloads using their mobile phones, though only if they are a Telecom customer.”
“Neither Apple nor its New Zealand reseller Renaissance would comment on the purchase or the status of plans for an iTunes launch,” Schwarz writes. “Apple seemed poised to launch an Australian iTunes site in May, one month after it acquired the itunes.com.au domain. An Australian newspaper reported that some enterprising Australians even managed to create iTunes accounts with Australian credit cards. However, no site was launched and the accounts were shut down.”
Full article here.
Hopefully, the good people of CokeTunes won’t get too attached to being described as a “big” music download site.
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