It has finally happened. For the longest time, I’ve wondered why we can buy apps from the Apple App Store but not music from the iTunes store. Well the wait is finally over for those wanting to buy legit music from iTunes with their local Apple ID as Apple opened its iTunes Store to the Philippines and 11 other countries.
With the iTunes store finally open to the Philippines, we can now purchase music albums, singles, and movies. You’ll see a lot of Korean and other Chinese music flooding your iTunes store now.
If you’re looking for homegrown music, there’s now an OPM section on your iTunes.
What’s missing though is the ability to purchase items using local currency (despite using a local iTunes account) which Android users have already been enjoying in the Google Play Store. Buying in dollars means there’s still the forex on your credit card that you have to worry about.
Interestingly, music are priced lower in the PH iTunes Store as compared to the US store. Some albums that are selling for $6.99 in the US store is only $4.99 in the PH store. Singles that would go for $1.29 in the US store is only $0.99 in the PH store.
Other countries getting their iTunes Store includes Hong Kong, Singapore, Taiwan, Brunei, Cambodia, Laos, Macau, Malaysia, Sri Lanka, Thailand and Vietnam. They’re missing a huge market for not including India and China.
So what do you think? Will you be buying legal music now that iTunes PH is already available?