Reminder: Apple’s 12 Days of Christmas app starts today, free iTunes content for Europe and Canada

Apple has launched its 12 Days of Christmas app for the third year running. The app offers free content from iTunes for twelve days between December 26th and January 6th. Today you can access three live audio tracks and three live videos from Coldplay’s recent appearance at the iTunes Festival in London earlier this year.

Each day between now and January 6th, when you open the app, new content will be available for free. Last year this included music, movies, books and apps. It is offered by Apple as an introduction for new iOS users to get to know how iTunes works and also as a thank you for existing users too.

Apple’s 12 Days of Christmas is only available in Canada and most parts of Europe; strangely the United States is not part of the promotion. The app is compatible with the iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, iPod touch (3rd generation), iPod touch (4th generation) and iPad.

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Reminder: Apple’s 12 Days of Christmas app starts today, free iTunes content for Europe and Canada


Makes a change, its usually the other way around for special offers etc. with them not available in Uk and the rest of Europe :)

I am in Canada and I can not get access to this app.
Tried both iPhone and IPad.
When I click on your link, I get "Your request could not be completed"
If I search in app store for the app, it simply does not exist, or I am too dumb to find.
Just wanted to let you know.

Update, I just went to ITunes on my IPad and there it was.
still no app but at least I can get it through ITunes.

What did you search for in iTunes? If I type in "12 days of christmas" I get various results of songs, albums, and videos but none are free....other than that I too get the "your request could not be completed" message in the appstore

We never get free songs/videos of the week over here, so American users need not fret - they still get more free content from iTunes. ;)

Pretty sure I've never received anything free from iTunes other than free app demos and the occasional older app.

I tried getting this content from iTunes, but it requires me to sign into my account, which is Canadian. The message indicates that it's not available for Canada, but only for UK.

To all US users, you are not losing that much. A few days ago it offered a download of an episode of House, but it didn't download properly over wifi or 3G. The next day it offered a download of a really terrible remix song by David Guetta. The next day it offered a song by some unknown band called One Direction which was also terrible. Today it offered a book by Lonely Planet which has received an average review of 2 out of 5 stars.
The only two good apps for me so far are two car racing games.

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