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iTunes: International

by 2143436756292931057199946 / December 13, 2006 1:48 AM PST

QUESTION:

Why doesn't iTunes allow you to make purchases from outside the country? I know there's a trick to do so by having a registered address within the country of purchase which corrospondes to the iTunes Store Country, but I just don't understand why this isn't allowed?

The music is already DRM'd and heck, I'd be willing to pay $1.49 per song if I could buy a song from another country using a US address. Doesn't eBay do that as it is?

I'm just saying because there are songs on the UK and Germany Store I'd love to buy, that are not offered in the US.

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Bad comparison
by kellenjb / December 13, 2006 2:29 AM PST
In reply to: iTunes: International

I am a bit confused as to what you are trying to do. They do let you make purchases outside of the US. If you look at the bottom of the iTunes store page there is a way to change the country.

Or are you talking about being in lets say the UK and buying music from the US store?

DRM has nothing to do with it. Ebay is also a bad comparison because Ebay is not selling you a product, other people are selling it to you through Ebay. Then there is also a difference between selling a license and selling a physical item.

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oops
by kellenjb / December 13, 2006 2:31 AM PST
In reply to: Bad comparison

hmm guess I should have read your last line before I posted. Happy

So ignore my first part, just read the last paragraph.

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The reason...
by frgamez / December 13, 2006 7:21 AM PST
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The main reason is licensing. Apple has to get seperate licenses in each country for the music they wish to sell in that country's iTunes store.

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why?
by aresden1710 / December 13, 2006 7:42 AM PST
In reply to: The reason...

... and that is exactly the problem... what's taken them so awfully long??? we're dying here in Costa Rica well, not quite... but we're kinda forced to download stuff for free and that's not good now is it?

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(NT) tell the recording industry that.
by kellenjb / December 13, 2006 7:46 AM PST
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because!
by frgamez / December 13, 2006 9:30 AM PST
In reply to: why?

Ultimately, it's the studio's problem. One of two scenarios usually happen:

1) The studio has an ablum that it doesn't want released in other countries, either because it plans to do so later, or because it has no plans to do so at all.

2) The studio only decides to grant licenses for domestic releases in any given country.

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Oohhh..
by 2143436756292931057199946 / December 19, 2006 12:13 AM PST
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Thanks all for clarifying.

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