Just days after Apple opened up the doors to its iTunes Store in 56 new countries on Dec. 4, the Cupertino, Calif.-based tech company decided to open up even more doors -- this time, the ones to the company's vast library of movie content -- in 42 new countries around the globe on Wednesday, including Ukraine, Israel, and Saudi Arabia.
AppleInsider has graciously compiled the full list of the 42 countries where movies are going live on the Store today:
- Europe: Belarus, Moldova, Ukraine
- Africa, the Middle East and India: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Botswana, Cape Verde, Egypt, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea-Bissau, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Niger, Nigeria, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Swaziland, United Arab Emirates, Uganda, Zimbabwe
- Asia Pacific: Micronesia, Mongolia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan
- Latin America and the Caribbean: Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Bahamas, Belize, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Dominica, Grenada, St. Kitts and Nevis, Trinidad and Tobago
Out of the 56 countries that added iTunes music content earlier this month, now 46 of those can also start renting or purchasing movies. This means 10 countries with the Store still can't access films, including Barbados, Bermuda, Burkina Faso, Fiji, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kyrgyzstan, Nepal, Papua New Guinea, and Uzbekistan.
Citing the company's last 10-K, Apple reportedly generated $7.5 billion in fiscal 2012 from the iTunes Store alone, but will likely make significantly more over the coming year considering how the number of countries that support the digital store have essentially doubled. Given how the company is also rolling out more iOS devices around the world -- and considering how many are beginning to purchase their multimedia content through their handheld iOS devices -- today's global multimedia expansion during the holiday push could result in a nice end-of-the-year bonus for Steve Jobs' old company.
The Store got a major redesign with the release of iTunes 11, which now resembles the experience on iOS after a brief delay in October. Even though most of the hub's general features have stayed the same, users can now see their entire viewing history, which makes it significantly easier to find and view anything you've already previewed.
iTunes currently offers a catalog of more than 26 million songs, and, as of September, customers have purchased 20 billion songs in the last nine years. At Apple's September media event that debuted the iPhone 5 among other products and services, software guru Eddy Cue also said the Store boasted more than 435 million accounts with credit cards or other payment options attached, which means they can purchase any content they'd like, whether it's music, movies, TV shows or apps, with Cupertino's successful 1-click purchasing method.
Apple currently supports the iTunes Store in 119 total countries.
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