Apple launches iTunes Music Store Australia [UPDATED]

It’s there, in iTunes. See for yourself.

[Click to launch iTunes Music Store Australia]

Songs sell for AUD $1.69 and music videos, Pixar shorts for AUD $3.39. No television shows.

No sign of Sony BMG artists such as Avril Lavigne, Alicia Keys, Fiona Apple, etc.

[UPDATE: 7:00pm ET: Apple’s official press release follows.]

Apple today launched the revolutionary iTunes Music Store in Australia, giving Australian music fans the same innovative features, breakthrough pricing and seamless integration with iPod that have made iTunes the world’s most popular music jukebox and online music store. The iTunes Music Store is now available in 21 countries and features the most music of any digital music store in Australia with over one million songs from major and independent record labels and over 1,000 music videos. Priced at just $1.69 per song, $3.39 per video and with most albums at $16.99 including GST, the iTunes Music Store in Australia is the best way for Mac and PC users to legally discover, purchase and download music online.

“We’re thrilled to bring the revolutionary iTunes Music Store to Australia,” said Eddy Cue, Apple’s vice president of iTunes in the press release. “iTunes features the largest catalogue of local and international music in Australia with over one million songs, enabling music fans to purchase their favourites with one click and have them automatically sync to their iPod.”

Exclusive music featured today includes tracks from Australian artists Missy Higgins, Bernard Fanning, Paul Mac, Evermore, Gyroscope and The Dissociatives. Extensive catalogues are available from Australian greats INXS, Hunters & Collectors, Paul Kelly and Slim Dusty. In addition, there are iTunes Originals from local heroes Spiderbait, and international stars R.E.M., Alanis Morissette, LL Cool J, PJ Harvey and Sting. International exclusives include Madonna’s entire catalogue, digital box sets from U2 and Stevie Wonder, albums with digital booklets from Jack Johnson and Elvis Costello and more exclusives from Black Eyed Peas, Tiesto, Bloc Party, Elbow, Hayley Westenra and Jamie Cullum. Exclusive videos include U2, an online Beastie Boys exclusive and an extensive Madonna catalogue. The iTunes Podcast Directory features over 25,000 Podcasts, including featured Australian Podcasts from ABC, Triple J, Triple M and SBS Radio.

With Apple’s legendary ease of use, pioneering features such as integrated Podcasting support, iMix playlist sharing, seamless integration with iPod and groundbreaking personal use rights, the iTunes Music Store is the best way for Mac and PC users to legally discover, purchase and download music online. The iTunes Music Stores feature the same groundbreaking personal use rights, giving users the ability to play songs on up to five personal computers, burn a single song onto CDs an unlimited number of times, burn the same playlist up to seven times and listen to their music on an unlimited number of iPods.

Pricing & Availability
iTunes for Mac and Windows includes the iTunes Music Store and is available as a free download immediately from http://www.apple.com.au/itunes. Purchase and download of songs from the iTunes Music Store for Mac or Windows requires a valid credit card with a billing address in the country of purchase. Music fans in Australia have the option to use iTunes Music Cards for cash purchases on the iTunes Music Store. iTunes Music Cards are available at Coles Myer as well as through the Apple Store (http://www.apple.com.au). iTunes Music Cards will be sold in $20, $50 and $100 denominations and are available through Myer, Megamart, BI-LO, Coles Supermarkets, Pick ‘n’ Pay Hypermarket, Kmart, Target, Coles Express, Officeworks and Harris Technology. Prices include GST.

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56 Comments

  1. Glad to see the Aussies finally get iTunes!

    While small compared to a lot of countries Australia is first rate in terms of a lot of fields in technology & science – they just had two Doctors from Perth get the Nobel Prize in Medicine. In my opinion they should be one of the top markets for Apple to move innovation into in initial stages of releases.

    MDN: medical!

  2. Ahhhh, bless.

    Now you can all listen to some chilling trance music to mellow out after losing the Ashes.

    What? You didn’t expect an Aussie-related story to hit the boards and no-one to comment, surely?

    Tsk; that would just be rude…

  3. Say Hello to iTunes
    When Apple kicks the Sony/BMG cartel in the A*s ‘down under’ just like in Japan, maybe ‘Sir’ Howard will get the idea.
    Why do I put the ‘ ‘ around sir? As an American we do not recognize titles of nobility. We had a war to get rid of that sh*t over here.

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