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This article was published on December 12, 2012

Apple has quietly started selling movies in 42 new iTunes Stores

Apple has quietly started selling movies in 42 new iTunes Stores Image by: Justin Sullivan
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Anna Heim

Anna Heim is the founder of MonoLibre and a freelance writer for various tech and startup publications. She is a polyglot French news junkie Anna Heim is the founder of MonoLibre and a freelance writer for various tech and startup publications. She is a polyglot French news junkie with a love for technology.

Apple has quietly started to sell movies in 42 of the countries where it recently launched iTunes Stores, Apple Insider reports.

As you may remember, Apple’s iTunes Store rolled out into 56 additional countries earlier this month, but Russia, Turkey, India and Indonesia were the only ones to offer movies right away.

Even with today’s rollout, Apple’s offering in many of these newly-added countries isn’t as complete as in other markets, since some iTunes Stores still don’t include HD quality or movie rentals. The depth of movie catalogues also varies widely, which is not surprising as film content is usually licensed on a per-country basis.

Here are the territories in which iTunes users can find movies as of this month, as listed per Apple Insider:

Europe: Belarus, Moldova, Russia, Turkey and Ukraine

Africa, the Middle East and India: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Botswana, Cape Verde, Egypt, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea-Bissau, India, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Niger, Nigeria, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Swaziland, United Arab Emirates, Uganda and Zimbabwe

Asia Pacific: Indonesia, Micronesia, Mongolia, Tajikistan and Turkmenistan

Latin America and the Caribbean: Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Bahamas, Belize, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Dominica, Grenada, St. Kitts and Nevis, Trinidad and Tobago

While some of these countries are relatively small, this adds up to a sizeable expansion of iTunes’ potential user base – and future revenues.

Image credit: Justin Sullivan / Getty Images