Some good news for Apple users in Asia, the iTunes Store and iTunes Match has officially launched in twelve additional countries. The full list of countries includes the following;
Brunei, Cambodia, Hong Kong, Laos, Macau, Malaysia, Philippines, Thailand, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Taiwan and Vietnam
The launch of the iTunes Store will bring both local and international music from “all the major labels and thousands of independent labels.” Some of the music will include local artists such as Jay Chou, Girls Generation and Andy Lau as well as international artists such as ADELE, The Beatles and Jason Mraz. All said and done, the iTunes Store is launching for these countries with more than 20 million available songs. And just to clarify, the tracks will arrive as DRM-free and 256 kbps AAC.
Otherwise, in addition to the launch of the iTunes Store, Apple has included iTunes in the Cloud and iTunes Match. The iTunes in the Cloud offering is free to use and simply allows the user to re-download any previously purchased iTunes music. The iTunes Match side will come with an additional cost, but this will allow user to get on-the-go access to files that were not originally purchased by way of the iTunes Store.
Lastly, this all comes along with the updated release of iTunes, to version 10.6.3.