Apple is introducing the iTunes Music Store in Australia, featuring over one million songs from major and independent record labels and over 1,000 music videos. The iTunes Music Store is now available in 21 countries.
The company is pricing songs at A$1.69, A$3.39 per video and with most albums at A$16.99 including GST.
“We’re thrilled to bring the revolutionary iTunes Music Store to Australia,” said Eddy Cue, Apple’s vice president of iTunes. “iTunes features the largest catalog of local and international music in Australia with over one million songs, enabling music fans to purchase their favorites with one click and have them automatically sync to their iPod.”
Exclusive music featured includes tracks from Australian artists Missy Higgins, Bernard Fanning, Paul Mac, Evermore, Gyroscope and The Dissociatives. Extensive catalogs 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 catalog, 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 catalog. The iTunes Podcast Directory features over 25,000 Podcasts, including featured Australian Podcasts from ABC, Triple J, Triple M and SBS Radio.
Music fans in Australia have the option to use iTunes Music Cards for cash purchases on the iTunes Music Store. Theses cards will be sold in A$20, A$50 and A$100 denominations and are available through Coles Myer, Megamart, BI-LO, Coles Supermarkets, Pick ‘n ‘Pay Hypermarket, Kmart, Target, Coles Express, Officeworks and Harris Technology.
iTunes for Mac and Windows includes the iTunes Music Store and is available as a free download. 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.