Apple launches ‘iTunes Latino’ on the iTunes Store

Apple today announced the launch of iTunes Latino, a dedicated area within the US iTunes Store featuring top Latin music, music videos, television shows, audiobooks and podcasts. iTunes Latino offers hundreds of thousands of Latin and international music tracks, including exclusive tracks and albums available only on iTunes.

“We’re thrilled to offer customers their favorite Latin music and video programming with iTunes Latino,” said Eddy Cue, Apple’s vice president of iTunes, in the press release. “Latin music has been a huge hit on iTunes and now we’re bringing music fans even more of what they love in a dedicated area on the iTunes Store.”

The unique iTunes Latino area on the iTunes Store is dedicated to Latin and Latin influenced music in many genres including Regional Mexicano, Rock Alternativo, Baladas y Boleros, Pop Latino, Reggaeton and Hip-Hop. iTunes Latino includes exclusives, albums, EP’s and tracks from leading Latino artists such as David Bisbal, Daddy Yankee, Aterciopelados, Marco Antonio Solis, Paulina Rubio, Mana, Cafe Tacuba and Luny Tunes y Tainy, with exclusive music videos from Juanes, Mach & Daddy and Luis Fonsi. In addition, over 50 Latin-focused iTunes Essentials compilations and Celebrity Playlists by artists such as Sergio Mendes, Julieta Venegas and Alejandra Guzman are available for download. Hit TV shows from Telemundo such as “Pasion de Gavilanes” and “‘El Cuerpo del Deseo” are also available beginning today, in addition to a number of Spanish audiobooks and podcasts.

The iTunes Store, the world’s most popular digital music store, currently features over 3.5 million songs, 65,000 podcasts, 20,000 audiobooks, over 5,000 music videos and 250 television shows. With Apple’s legendary ease of use, pioneering features such as integrated podcasting support, iMix playlist sharing and seamless integration with iPod the iTunes Store is the best way for Mac® and PC users to legally discover, purchase and download music and video online.

iTunes 7 for Mac and Windows includes the iTunes Store and is available as a free download from (http://www.itunes.com). Songs downloaded from iTunes Latino are priced at just US$0.99 each and TV shows are priced at $1.99 each. Purchase and download of content from the iTunes Store for Mac or Windows requires a valid credit card with a billing address in the country of purchase. Television shows and feature films are available in the US only, and video availability varies by country. Games are available for download in the 21 countries in which iTunes operates and play on the fifth generation iPod. New release feature films are $14.99 each and other feature-length films are $9.99 each, television shows are $1.99 per episode, music videos and short films are $1.99 each and games are $4.99 each.

45 Comments

  1. So it isn’t only Jobs that gets to be “thrilled to announce…”

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    Slow news days are here…so come on Apple, time to light my fire…

  2. Macaday is right. Ever notice that all Apple announcements (over) use the work thrilled. C’mon, is the thesaurus on their Mac’s not working?????
    Delighted
    Excited
    Ecstatic
    Overjoyed
    Detective novel
    Pleased
    Elated
    Tickled

    Detective novel??????…Sorry I used MS word’s thesaurus.

    One of these words is not like the other….la la lal

  3. Hey “Frank” (good ol’ American name, there) — TowerTone’s not a bigot, he’s just honest. You should try it sometime. Being honest, that is.

    Of course it’s not going to happen on iTunes, but I shouldn’t have to make any language choice when I’m waiting for service on a phone call or standing at my ATM or anywhere else for that matter! It’s an English-speaking country!!!!

    So, the iTunes announcement is great and wonderful and all that. But TowerTone’s point is also valid.

    Humor . . . embrace it.

  4. ChubbaWubba,

    I would love to see you struggle outside of the US if you were at an ATM that didn’t give you a choice of English.

    Believe me, phone call’s are even more of a nightmare without the option. I struggle with it everyday.

    Have you ever stepped foot outside the US?

    Please consider that there are other languages spoken on the big ball that we share.

  5. To sizewell:

    I agree it is fine to have language options, but for MOST users of MOST services in the USA, we should not have to deal with “Press 1 for English” to use an ATM or make a phone connection. Non-English speaking visitors are the exception instead of the rule. Non-English speaking “residents” speak no English by choice…

    In the past 12 months I have been to China, Belgium, Senegal and Liberia. I made a point before traveling to become functional in the language spoken.

    My point – if you are coming to the USA to live (and WORK) learn English – at least enough to function. I know from my experiences that if one wants to learn another language, it only takes a few days to start picking it up – and with minimal effort. People who have been living here for YEARS and speak no English are absolutely doing so by choice.

    I have nothing against people from other countries or other cultures – I have adopted two children from China – but I do firmly believe in assimilation.

  6. This is interesting. There are predictions that the three dominant languages of the future are going to be English, Spanish, and Chinese. English because it is the current internationaly language, but that is not guaranteed to stay. Spanish because of the number of people who speak it. It’s already becoming more common in the US, as noted by above posters. Chinese because of the vast number of people who already speak it (over 1/4 of the world). It has problems with it’s written form, which could make it harder.

    The other interesting aspect is that there is no official language in the United States, but Congress is trying to change that. Check out this description:
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Languages_in_the_United_States

    My point is that you shouldn’t count on everywhere catering to English speakers in 30 years….

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