Apple is taking over the world. On Tuesday the tech giant announced it is expanding its global footprint by introducing services to numerous markets throughout Africa, Europe, the Middle East, and other regions. The expanded services include Apple Music, App Store, Apple Podcasts, Apple Arcade, and iCloud.
The biggest enlargement is Apple Music, which is now streaming in a further 52 countries. The other apps have expanded to 20 additional countries. As Reuters notes, it marks the company’s most significant expansion since 2012, when it extended the iTunes Store to over 50 countries including Russia and India.
“We’re delighted to bring many of Apple’s most beloved Services to users in more countries than ever before,” said Oliver Schusser, Apple’s vice president of Apple Music and International Content. “We hope our customers can discover their new favorite apps, games, music, and podcasts as we continue to celebrate the world’s best creators, artists, and developers.”
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According to a press release from Apple, all of the apps mentioned above are now available in these places:
Africa: Cameroon, Côte d’Ivoire, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Gabon, Libya, Morocco, Rwanda, and Zambia.
Asia-Pacific: Maldives and Myanmar.
Europe: Bosnia and Herzegovina, Georgia, Kosovo, Montenegro, and Serbia.
Middle East: Afghanistan (excluding Apple Music) and Iraq.
Oceania: Nauru (excluding Apple Music), Tonga, and Vanuatu.
And Apple Music is further expanding here:
Africa: Algeria, Angola, Benin, Chad, Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Mozambique, Namibia, Republic of the Congo, Senegal, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Tanzania, and Tunisia.
Europe: Croatia, Iceland, and North Macedonia.
Latin America and the Caribbean: the Bahamas, Guyana, Jamaica, Montserrat, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Suriname, Turks and Caicos, and Uruguay.
Middle East: Kuwait, Qatar, and Yemen.
Oceania: Solomon Islands.
Thus, Apple Music, which offers more than 6 million songs for streaming, is now available in 167 countries. By comparison, Spotify—Apple’s main rival for music streaming—is available in 79 countries.
“New Apple Music subscribers in the 52 additional countries can enjoy a six-month free trial of the service, with locally curated playlists including Africa Now, Afrobeats Hits, Ghana Bounce, and more,” Apple stated.
According to Reuters, Apple’s services account for nearly 18 percent of its total revenue ($260.1 billion last fiscal year). The company’s goal is to have 600 million customers subscribing to its services by the end of 2020. Which helps explain this massive expansion of its tentacles into all corners of the global economy. Funny how capitalism supposedly breeds competition, but always ends up giving rise to monopolies. Almost as if by design …