This morning it was being rumored that Apple would be launching iTunes in Russia tomorrow, as TechCrunch received a forwarded invite to a small iTunes event at the local GUM shopping center in Moscow’s Red Square.
It looks like the iTunes Music store is going live ahead of schedule however, as various residents have confirmed that they are now able to purchase songs. Russia isn’t the only country that will be getting iTunes though, Lebanon, UAE, Qatar, Bahrain, Ukraine, Saudi Arabia and Turkey (possibly other countries as well) will also get to join in on Apple’s musical revolution. This makes sense because Apple announced earlier today the iPhone 5 would be coming to 50 additional countries in December and all of the countries we just listed, with the exception of Lebanon, will be getting the iPhone 5 shortly.
Songs will actually be cheaper in Russia, as well as the rest of the countries just getting access to the iTunes Store, and will cost anywhere from 0.35 to 0.65 USD. iTunes Match is also said to be available for a price of $25 USD a year. You might be thinking, why do they get songs for such a discounted price? Well, it has partly to do with the fact that Apple products cost tremendously much more in these countries.
Let us know if the iTunes Store has been turned on in your area in the comments section below.