I don’t generally bother writing about rumours on this Blog, but of course I follow the overseas rumour sites with interest. After reading various items (mentioned below) I’m pretty much expecting to see an Australian iTunes Music Store open up today and am hoping we Kiwis will be allowed to use it.
An article today though in Computerworld brings amusement, partly because Apple NZ are widely regarded as hopeless and unlikely to have any idea about anything and partly because we here in New Zealand sometimes feel as though we’re the last to get anything.
Certainly iPods, Powerbooks and the like generally have long wait times after they’re available in the US. One exception would be Tiger, which by a quirk of timezones will be available at 6 pm NZ time tomorrow, which is well before it’ll be available in the USA. Woo Hoo: we’ll lead the world in Tigerishness!
Anyway, here some fancy-tickling excerpts from Computerworld:
Computerworld understands Apple would incorporate any New Zealand iTunes store into its Australian counterpart and run them both as one unit, however general manager of Apple New Zealand, Steve Ford, says he knows nothing about any impending launch of iTunes New Zealand.
…Posters to Apple Talk Australia’s website claim they have downloaded songs from the Apple iTunes Music Store and paid for them with Australian credit cards. … Australian media are also suggesting Apple has bought a large amount of advertising space on radio and in print scheduled to kick off today.
…speculation is mounting that New Zealand will be the last English speaking country to get an iTunes store.
last English speaking country to get an iTunes store — don’t you just love it!