iTunes Music Store comes to Australia

iTunes Music Store comes to Australia

Summary: Apple today launched the long-awaited iTunes Music Store in Australia, with songs priced at AU$1.69, videos at AU$3.

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Apple today launched the long-awaited iTunes Music Store in Australia, with songs priced at AU$1.69, videos at AU$3.39 and most albums at AU$16.99, despite failing to come to a licensing agreement with music heavyweight Sony BMG.

Apple's iTunes vice-president Eddy Cue said in a statement the launch meant music fans in Australia would be able "to purchase their favourites with one click and have them automatically sync to their iPod". The move -- foreshadowed by ZDNet Australia last week -- finally means iPod owners can legally download music to their players, with more than one million songs available through the store.

However, Cue acknowledged to a press conference in Sydney this morning that the properties of Sony BMG Music Entertainment Australia -- whose artists include Pete Murray and Franz Ferdinand -- were not available through the iTunes Music Store. "We have all [major] labels except for Sony," he said. "We are working with Sony and we know their artists would like to be a part of the launch and we hope they will join us".

"I don't want to comment on the negotiations".

iTunes for Mac and Windows includes access to the iTunes Music Store and is available as a free download immediately from The iTunes Music Store went live at 3am today.

Apple said personal use rights allowed users to play songs on up to five PCs, burn a single song onto CDs an unlimited number of times, burn the same playlist up to seven times and listen to their music on an unlimited number of iPods.

Australian artists feature heavily on the home page of the store, which includes local talent such as Missy Higgins, Ben Lee, Powderfinger and Kylie Minogue. Over 1,000 music videos and six short movies from Pixar Animation Studios can also be purchased at AU$3.39 for viewing on the recently released video-capable iPod.

Buying songs from the store requires a valid credit card with a billing address in the country of purchase, with customers also able to make cash purchases using music cards available from Apple and retailers such as Coles, BI-LO and Kmart.

Topics: Legal, Government AU, Piracy

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Munir was recognised as Australia's Best Technology Columnist at the 5th Annual Sun Microsystems IT Journalism Awards 2007. In the previous year he was named Best News Journalist at the Consensus IT Writers Awards.

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  • ?

    We are getting charged more than the US, long live bittorent.
  • Sounds like a ripoff

    iTunes in the US charge .99US per song which equates to $1.32AU, so why are we paying $1.69AU?
  • Who cares the cost of the Music, we can now submitt podcasts!

    How Cool? Now I am able to put my podcasts up on iTunes for others to find (

    Who cares what the tracks cost!
  • lol

    Yep, why anyone would strive towards lining the fat pockets of someone like ColesMyer who has been ripping music customers off for years, is beyond me. Seems to me that they've had a gutfull of the loss of trade their regular pricing has resulted in, so they've struck up this deal to capture some more music $$$'s. iTunes simply ignored the smaller and decent music retailers, and instead bent over and took it from ColesMyer/eta ll. What a sad and sorry day for the Australian music industry as a whole.
  • It's called the Australian Tax

    We get screwed on every other product too. CD prices are too high in stores, video games are about 20-30% more expensive than their counterparts in the US... this is surely just Apple following the trend.
  • dumbass

    it;s called exchange rate
  • iTunes Music Store in Austalia

    I was excited to hear that the Australian iTunes music store had open. After browsing through it I have decided I will not be paying $1.69 per track. I will also never buy any music or products put out through Sony or Sony BMG. This is a rip off and missing lots of music. I would be better of to go to a discount chain store and buy cd's.
  • $1.69 = not sexy.

    $1.69. How is that sexy? Not a very Apple strategy at all.

    The price needs to be 99c for audio. Even at the current exchange rate, $1US is no where near $1.70 aussie.

    i'm sure theres enough fools to keep the store afloat however.
  • Don't forget GST

    Don't forget the Australian price includes GST, while in the US sales tax is levied at a state level and Internet purchases are currently exempt from state sales tax. Based on the current exchange rate, GST only brings the price to about $1.47 but it is something to considder
  • this is gay ben

    i totally agree
  • Blame Sony & Warner for the cost and the delay

    Apple couldn't get these idiots to agree before now because they wanted to charge more. There is still speculation as to what will happen when the current agreement in the US is up for review, as they are still pushing it up more. I suppose it's time for another wave of illegal P2P to show the greedy record companies what we think?
  • Itunes Aus

    No, I dont believe we should condone another wave of p2p because its illegal. There is no long and short to that, its wrong. If you aint paid, then you're stealing. Period.
  • Cost Of Music

    Even if you include the cost of a cd to burn the music to, the $16.90 price tag for an album is still a lot cheaper than purchasing instore. You also have the added advantage of picking and choosing your tracks, if you only like 4 songs on the album then you only buy 4 songs @ $1.69 each (which is a lot cheaper than the $4.99 cost of a single).

    I purchased a prepaid voucher this week from Coles and gave it a try and its great. I wanted 1 song off of Michael Buble's album so only had to pay $1.69 instead of $25 if I had to buy the album.

    By the way P2P is stealing. If you enjoy the music so much then pay the artists who created it for you.
  • By The Way

    I Just checked out Sanity/Destra's music site and their tracks are $1.89 each!
  • cost of itunes

    becuse ned kelly is alive and well
  • itunes

    even the uk now have tv programs it is so shocking how far australians are behind
  • Itunes Australia is crap?

    First of all the prices, way above what is acceptable for a download, then the very poor representation of Australian music, and this really annoys me.
    No Spectrum, No Ariel, No Baby Sugar Loud, No Scarlet what is the point of an Australian server, oh thats right, the price.
    So the internet was going to equalise the market and provide opportunities for everyone...dream on...I can buy a CD from Amazon and have it posted to me , but I cannot download from Amazon at the same price as a US consumer.
  • iTunes

    Could not agree with you more.
  • Too much if you ask me...

    I think $1.69 for a track is ridiculous, I think it should be $1 each, I think it is so unfair how the price of living is going up but our wages aint, we have to work harder just to catch up with how expensive everything is.

    I usually buy a $20 iTunes gift card, and I only really get 10 songs outta it, pathetic if you ask me.
    Oh iTunes, will you ever be kind to us?
  • podcasts and music

    well who cares about the podcasts. what about the music