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A tantalising glimpse of the free song we can't have in the iTMSiTunes 4.5 is nice, and I encourage any choons users out there to grab it. But when oh when is Apple going to pull its finger out with regards non-US territories and the iTunes Music Store? For God’s sake, non-US users can’t even take advantage of the free music downloads they’ve introduced for every Tuesday! I tried to grab My Hero, the current download (Foo Fighters), but no joy.

I can’t help but feel that it is only a matter of time before some other enterprise clinches a deal with some music companies, and beats Apple to it. But in the meantime guys, can you not at least let us download the freebies??

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  1. I'm on the other side of the world but standing right beside you.Justin Knol#
  2. Justin! You made me jump.Ben Poole#
  3. I have a feeling that Apple really wants to get the rest of the world up and running (they would have easily hit that 100 million mark if they had Canada, Australia, Japan and Europe on board!), but the music industry is providing all the road-blocks. I know that in Canada, this has certainly been the case. The music industry is paranoid about ceding too much control to any one company, especially Apple in light of the iTMS success. It was only last week that there was talk that the industry wanted to jack up the price of downloads through iTMS anywhere from $1.25-2.99 USD!Chris Hyson#
  4. It's not apple's fault that itunes is available to the rest of the world. music licensing is a complicated business especially in the many different countries in europe. Also, almost all of the other "name" music services are having trouble nailing it down. Apple is working on it, and I bet they get the best deal of all the services. Blame the various music agencies and record companies, not Apple.some guy#
  5. You’re both quite right of course… my beef is more about the fact that you have to have a US billing address to get the free stuff.

    As for the whole licensing debacle, yes it must be a legal minefield to sort through… but they did it in the US, and if Apple can do it there — the home of the amazingly cretinous RIAA — then I bet they can do it anywhere.Ben Poole#
  6. Dude, write your legislators. Apple cannot control law.JadisOne#
  7. 'my beef is more about the fact that you have to have a US billing address to get the free stuff.'

    They can't sell music outside the US and yet you expect them to be able to give away free stuff outside the US? Wow!

    'As for the whole licensing debacle, yes it must be a legal minefield to sort through… but they did it in the US, and if Apple can do it there — the home of the amazingly cretinous RIAA — then I bet they can do it anywhere.'

    In the US, they deal with one RIAA hammering one agreement. RIAA didn't agree, Apple tweaked the agreement and went back to RIAA. But in Europe, they deal with many RIAA-like entities trying to get them to agree on the same terms. French label association doesn't agree, Apple tweaks the agreement and go back to the discussion with French, British, German, Spanish, etc. label associations. Hardly the same thing, it seems.Anne O'Nymous#
  8. Non-US territories aren't the only ones to suffer. I live in Puerto Rico, which is a US territory. Non-US locations have the obstacles of negotiations between that country and Apple, however here we are governed by the US federal laws, and yet there is no iTunes service available here in PR. Sure, they sell me the powerbook through their online applestore, but I can't send it to them for repairs under warranty so I have to find a servicer here on the island and God knows how much extra I'll have to pay despite having warranty. iPods are sold in stores here, yet still no tunes to download to put on them. Also, so much for being a student and not qualifying for student discount despite being in the USA.Georgie#
  9. They can’t sell music outside the US and yet you expect them to be able to give away free stuff outside the US? Wow!
    Yup. Hardly contentious.

    “Anne”, why are you lumping all the European countries together here? You have iTMS for the USA, I want iTMS for England (or the UK, whatever). Why does the launch of a store require the buy-in of every single European state in your mind? Sure, there’s the EC to consider, but that doesn’t have to be a barrier here.

    BTW, what’s with the lack of real names in many of the comments against this post? If you want to debate this stuff (“why” beats me — like I say, this isn’t particularly contentious, but hey, whatever), you’ll get a lot more credence if you use your actual name.Ben Poole#
  10. Australia has almost three online music companies already (two WMA based ones and another weird one which I think has AAC as well as WMA), so clearly the problem in Australia isn't the labels---it's how piss poor Apple Australia is at doing anything but selling American computers. They barely even advertise. iPod poster? What's that?Will#
  11. You could buy on ITMS from Puerto Rico till this new year, when PR was completely removed from the account info options in the states part.,this sucks!Edgar#

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