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Australian iPod users finally plug into online music store

Posted by iTech - 2005-10-26

Australian iPod users finally got the chance to plug into Apple's online music store iTunes, two and a half years after it opened in the United States.
The iTunes store allows music fans to download songs onto their iPods or other digital music players for 1.69 dollars (1.27 US dollars).

Albums cost about 16.99 dollars, significantly less than the retail price, and videos 3.39 dollars.

But the music of some of Australia's most famous artists will not be available on the site because major label Sony BMG is yet to agree to make its catalogue available.

"Warner, EMI and Universal are in the music store, Sony (BMG) is not," Apple vice president of iTunes, Eddy Cue, said.

"We know Sony artists would love to be a part of our music store launch and we hope Sony joins soon."

Australia's iTunes site went live at about 3:00 am Sydney time, at www.apple.com.au. The site holds more than 1 million songs and about 1,000 music videos.

The move means that iPod users will no longer have to transfer their music from CDs to their computer or download illegally from music share sites.

"If you buy a song, you own it," Cue said.

"It doesn't expire. It doesn't go away. You can transfer it to an unlimited number of iPods, up to five computers or burn a song up to seven times."

The Australian iTunes store is Apple's 21st.

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