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Apple expands iTunes movie access to 42 new countries, for a huge lead before Microsoft and Google

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Apple expands iTunes movie access to 42 new countries, for a huge lead before Microsoft and Google
Hot on the heels of the recent expansion of its iTunes music store to 56 countries, now Apple rolled out movie purchasing and rentals to 42 of them, too.

Before this expansion, about half of the world's population had theoretical movie access via iTunes, and now the figure is likely just south of the 61% of the world's potential market Apple commands with music. These are the newcomers:

Europe: Belarus, Moldova, Russia, Turkey and Ukraine

Africa, the Middle East and India: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Botswana, Cape Verde, Egypt, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea-Bissau, India, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Niger, Nigeria, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Swaziland, United Arab Emirates, Uganda and Zimbabwe

Asia Pacific: Indonesia, Micronesia, Mongolia, Tajikistan and Turkmenistan

Latin America and the Caribbean: Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Bahamas, Belize, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Dominica, Grenada, St. Kitts and Nevis, Trinidad and Tobago

This puts Apple at a huge advantage in two of the three most important media categories - music, movies and books - compared to Microsoft, Google and Amazon, as you can see in the Macstories chart below, which was made before the new countries where movie access lit up.

Apple expands iTunes movie access to 42 new countries, for a huge lead before Microsoft and Google
Once the world is satiated with smartphones, the attention will quickly turn to the ecosystems themselves, and Apple seems to have a vast lead on the media side of things now. Amazon still leads widely in books, and TV offerings are abysmally low - just up to 8.3% of the world has access through the mobile platforms, but with today's rumors around an Apple television set, Cupertino might very well pull ahead of anybody else there, too.

source: AppleInsider

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posted on 12 Dec 2012, 08:41 4

1. kartik4u98 (Posts: 511; Member since: 19 May 2012)


Nice work Apple!

Wish Google wold also do the same..
(I know trolls will dislike my comment coz i appreciated Apple)

posted on 12 Dec 2012, 10:33

4. TROLL (banned) (Posts: 4851; Member since: 13 Apr 2012)


And here's one red from me™®©

posted on 12 Dec 2012, 22:43

8. Nadr1212 (Posts: 741; Member since: 22 Sep 2012)


OH MY GOD!!! I'M FROM EGYPT!!'
YEAH!!! EGYPT RULES!!
(If u shall thumb me down, I will put an Egyptian curse on U)!!!!!

posted on 13 Dec 2012, 05:17

10. kartik4u98 (Posts: 511; Member since: 19 May 2012)


oH congratz then!

posted on 13 Dec 2012, 05:16

9. kartik4u98 (Posts: 511; Member since: 19 May 2012)


I don't care about your sole red thumb!!
GTH troll..!!

posted on 12 Dec 2012, 08:56 1

2. MeoCao (unregistered)


I don't see this will have much impact on balance of power. Most of the listed countries are very poor and people do not have money even to buy Apple's gadgets, let alone the content.

I read an article about $50 smartphones for Africa and that's surely Androids and I guess people there know how to get the content.

Google still has lot of time.

posted on 12 Dec 2012, 09:14 2

3. oying24 (Posts: 48; Member since: 26 Sep 2012)


are you saying israel and qatar are poor countries
?

posted on 12 Dec 2012, 12:26

6. xtremesv (Posts: 222; Member since: 21 Oct 2011)


Or United Arab Emirates or the Bahamas which have better income per capita than many families living in Alabama or Mississippi.

posted on 12 Dec 2012, 12:39

7. MeoCao (unregistered)


I said "Most of the listed countries"

So read carefully.

posted on 12 Dec 2012, 11:36

5. rudlie (Posts: 182; Member since: 13 Mar 2012)


yes. that's why google has a good sign to fail hahaha

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