The iTunes store opens here


By CHONG JINN XIUNG bytz@thestar.com.my

MALAYSIANS can finally buy digital music and movies from the iTunes store. Previously they were limited to just buying apps and games from the App Store and have been missing out on iTunes’ vast collection of digital music and movies that users overseas have been enjoying for years.

The opening of the online store came as a surprise to many. David Wang, a 31-year-old entrepreneur, said he is very eager to eager check out what is being offered after hearing the news.

“I am quite happy that I finally have access to my favourite songs, and can rent or watch HD movies on my iPad,” he said.

Wang says he has been considering getting an Apple TV from the United States for a long time to stream content from iTunes and now he has more reason to buy one.

“However, I’m not happy that Apple has not localised the pricing for digital music and movies and they are still in US dollars,” he said.

Business executive John Zhang, 30, said he will buy movies but only if the price is right. “I am not really interested in buying digital music as I can get it through other online sources but I’ll buy the latest HD movies on iTunes if they are on offer,” he said.

“But paying US$14.99 (RM48) for a movie on iTunes is still too expensive.”

Wong Li-Jian, 26, also said he found the movies pricey.

“Movie tickets here are cheap so I don’t really see a reason to get digital movies,” he said.

“I am a huge proponent of original music and I believe in supporting the local music scene. I will most definitely buy music from iTunes now that it is available in Malaysia,” said the analyst.

The iTunes store is also now available in other Asia Pacific countries including Hong Kong, Thailand, Brunei, Vietnam and Singapore.

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