Apple moving their entire international iTunes business to Ireland

“Apple is moving its international iTunes business assets from Luxembourg to Ireland at the start of next month,” Tom Mendelsohn reports for Ars Technica.

“From February 5, the non-US side of its business, including the iTunes Store, Apple Music, the App Store, and the iBooks Store, will operate from its European HQ in Cork, according to a note sent out to developers yesterday,” Mendelsohn reports. “In effect, Apple is moving its subsidiaries from one low-tax European haven to another, in what could be construed as a careful slight to top EU politicians.”

“Apple employs around 5,500 people in Cork and last year announced it would expand that number by around a thousand,” Mendelsohn reports. “The company is also in the process of building an €850 million (£725 million) data centre in Athenry, which would underpin both iTunes and iCloud.”

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: Luxembourg’s corporate tax rate: 29.22%. Ireland’s corporate tax rate: 12.5%.

24 Comments

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  1. Great work Tim, keeping jobs for the free and civilized world, a truly global visionary. No need for walls of paranoia and fear here, Apple operates on a totally different level. Go Apple!

    1. I admire your idealism and your refined strain of cynicism. It is a tincture that is rare, over here on the Colonial side of the Atlantic.

      I can afford to be gleeful about these developments, as my cousins on my mother’s side may be able to sustain employment in County Cork from now on (owing to Apple’s economic investment); the pull-out that was feared, never happened, and Tim Cook was as good as his word: Apple is committed to Ireland and its people. Thankfully, I retain my citizenship and one day, God willing, and being retired from American adventures, I will lay aside my shillelagh and go home.

      1. Cynicism? Oh my dear, I’m a great optimist and I believe what goes round comes round. That keeps me light hearted and fancy free. Mind you, I would not want to be in the way of what’s coming round to your adopted nation so I’m personally overjoyed that you have plans for a ticket on the way out. I hope you need it cause that will mean the just desserts are finally arriving.

        Just make sure you get out in time cause if your nation stops people from coming into the country it won’t be long before they start preventing people from leaving the country. It’s so predictable.

        Apple is committed to the world, planet earth first. That’s the journey worth taking and savoring.

        1. If I should happen to return to Ireland it will be because I resolved, in my retirement years, to enjoy the boisterous menfolk and laughing children of my clan, and to join a Travellers’ quilting society, and to form a mathematical study group devoted to Mr. Hamilton’s quaternions and their application in videogames. It will not be because I have been driven away in fear of political truncheons. The Irish have fight, do not doubt it. Speaking of which, and by the way, I recommend viewing The Snatch, with Mr. Brad Pitt impersonating a Traveller, and doing alright at it, aside from having the mumbles.

          1. Snatch is one of my favorite movies, a great comedy that goes well along with Guy Ritchie’s Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels.

            I’m glad you have a life plan, sounds like a great one.

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