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As expected, Apple announced Tuesday morning that iTunes is now available in 56 new countries, including South Africa, India, Turkey and Russia. The company said that each iTunes Store features popular local artists, depending on the country. So, for example, Elka is available in Russia while Sezen Aksu’s music is available for download in Turkey. 20 million songs are currently available for download and Apple’s major studio movie contracts with 20th Century Fox, Sony Pictures, Walt Disney Studios and Warner Bro’s allows it to provide HD movies, too. As of now, the iTunes Store is available in a total of 119 countries around the globe.

Apple Launches iTunes Store in Russia, Turkey, India, South Africa & 52 Additional Countries Today

MOSCOW—December 4, 2012—Apple® today announced the launch of the iTunes Store® in Russia, Turkey, India, South Africa and 52 additional countries featuring an incredible selection of local and international music from all the major labels and thousands of independent labels. The iTunes Store features local artists including Elka in Russia, Sezen Aksu in Turkey, AR Rahman in India, and Zahara in South Africa, international artists including The Beatles, Taylor Swift and Coldplay, and world-renowned classical musicians including Lang Lang, Yo Yo Ma and Yuja Wang. Customers can choose from over 20 million songs available to purchase and download on the iTunes Store.

Movie fans can choose from a wide selection of films available for rent or purchase from the iTunes Store, with many available in stunning HD, from major studios including 20th Century Fox, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, The Walt Disney Studios and Warner Bros. Pictures, as well as leading local distributors.*

The iTunes Store is available in 119 countries and is the best way for iPhone®, iPad®, iPod®, Mac® and PC users to legally discover, purchase and download music online. All music on the iTunes Store comes in iTunes Plus®, Apple’s DRM-free format with high-quality 256 kbps AAC encoding for audio virtually indistinguishable from the original recordings.

iTunes® in the Cloud lets you download your previously purchased iTunes music to all your iOS devices at no additional cost, and new music purchases can be downloaded automatically to all your devices. In addition, music not purchased from the iTunes Store can gain the same benefits by using iTunes Match℠, a service that stores your entire music library in iCloud® for access at any time, from any iOS device. iTunes Match is available for purchase in the new countries added today.

Customers also have access to the revolutionary App Store℠ with more than 700,000 apps available in 155 countries.