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Many of us take for granted the ease with which we buy music via iTunes, but the reality is that Apple’s virtual storefront is only available in less than two dozen countries around the world. That may soon be changing, with a report claiming 10 more European Union countries will soon be added to the mix.
MacRumors is reporting that 10 more European Union countries may soon be getting the iTunes Music Store, with Poland, Hungary and the Czech Republic named as the key benefactors. According to Polish newspaper Rzeczpospolita, the timing of the new launch is unknown but sources claim it could come “at any time.”
There are a total of 27 countries in the European Union, and 12 of those currently have no iTunes Music Store. Aside from the aforementioned Poland, Hungary and Czech Republic, the list of contenders includes Bulgaria, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, and Slovenia.
MacRumors speculates that Cyprus and Malta could be the two EU countries who won’t be getting the iTunes Music Store this time around, citing “geographic isolation and their status as the two countries having the smallest populations among those currently without music stores.”
Poland and Romania would be considered the biggest coups for Apple, with 38 million and 28 million residents each, respectively. The remaining EU countries have a population of less than 10 million residents each.
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