NZ iTunes Store open for business

If you happened to visit the NZ Apple website yesterday you may have noticed the following announcement,

It’s been a long time coming, and now finally kiwi’s are able to purchase music via the most excellent iTunes Store. Prices are generally $1.79 for a song, $3.59 for a music video and $17.99 for an album – not bad, but just a little more than digiRAMA which is mostly priced at $1.75/$17.00 for singles/albums.

I signed up on opening day and tried it out by purchasing a Snow Patrol music video and U2 single. Signing up (with a credit card) is easy and purchasing is just a couple of clicks. Music comes in the mp4 format, encoded with AAC at 128kbit/s as a .m4p file, while video arrives in a .m4v file.

One thing worth noting is that anything you purchase is copy protected by Apple’s “FairPlay” Digital Rights Management – meaning you can only play purchased content on up to 5 authorised computers, but can transfer it to any number of iPods (but not other portable players).

Don’t have an iPod? No problem. You can still use iTunes, which I highly recommend for organising your digital music. iTunes can burn CD’s of your purchased music which you can then use to play or rip for your other portable player… 😉

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About Chris
A self confessed geek, meteorologist (aka weather forecaster), father & proud kiwi mainlander living, working & playing in Wellington, New Zealand.

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