[UPDATED] Yesterday Apple expanded the iTunes Music Store into 56 new countries including Russia, Turkey, India and South Africa increasing their reach to 119 countries. GeoRiot, a company which provides location specific iTunes affiliate links, quickly followed and are already serving links for the new stores. [Full list of countries after the jump.]
Apple officially announced the availability of the iTunes Store in 56 new countries. Though their announcement only mentions Russia, Turkey, India and South Africa, MacRumors has developed a full list. GeoRiot has a more complete list of what's available from iTunes in which countries.
Movies are included in a handful of countries with music being available to all. It's unclear what's happening with other media but musicians have a unique opportunity to profit from the opening up of new markets for music on iTunes. Setting up affiliate accounts via iTunes' affiliate program will add some additional revenue from any music sold.
Basically you sign up for the iTunes Affiliate Program, set up an account with GeoRiot and all your music links become nation-specific. You then have to add each individual country to benefit from sales. Using GeoRiot allows you to serve your customers usable links while giving you the data you need to identify markets both for joining that nation's affiliate program and for additional localized activity.
GeoRiot also recently added unified reporting for iTunes affiliate accounts eliminating the need to check individual accounts while adding the ability to compare activity across nations.
A Full List Of The New Countries:
2. Antigua & Barbuda
13. Cape Verde
14. Cayman Islands
26. Saudi Arabia
27. South Africa
29. United Arab Emirates (UAE)
36. Micronesia, Fed States of
45. Papua New Guinea
47. Saint Kitts and Nevis
50. Trinidad and Tobago
55. Virgin Islands, British
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