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

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.

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



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.

3. oying24

Posts: 48; Member since: Sep 26, 2012

are you saying israel and qatar are poor countries ?

6. xtremesv

Posts: 299; Member since: Oct 21, 2011

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

7. MeoCao unregistered

I said "Most of the listed countries" So read carefully.

5. rudlie

Posts: 205; Member since: Mar 13, 2012

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

1. kartik4u98

Posts: 511; Member since: May 19, 2012

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


Posts: 4851; Member since: Apr 13, 2012

And here's one red from me™®©

8. Nadr1212

Posts: 741; Member since: Sep 22, 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)!!!!!

10. kartik4u98

Posts: 511; Member since: May 19, 2012

oH congratz then!

9. kartik4u98

Posts: 511; Member since: May 19, 2012

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

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