Oct.30, 2012 | 5:27 AM–Apple’s online iTunes store will soon be open to Israelis. Apple has been negotiating over the past few months with the owners of Israel’s large digital rights catalogs in advance of offering iTunes to Israeli customers. Apple has not yet reached agreements with all the big Israeli record labels but still wants to include local music in its offerings.
Israeli record executives confirmed that the talks were taking place.
iTunes is more than music; it includes movies, television shows, games, books and podcasts. The store was launched in 2003 and has registered sales of $20 billion all over the world.
Israelis cannot download any iTunes content, even though there are plenty of Hebrew songs and movies, because of a lack of intellectual property agreements.
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