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Apple launches iTunes Pass in the U.S., UK, Australia and more

Following the initial launch in Japan, Apple has now begun to push its new iTunes Pass out to a more global audience. Initially we've been able to verify that the U.S. and the UK are now seeing it, but there are reports from all around the world such as Australia, Spain, Germany, Canada and the Netherlands that are also seeing iTunes Pass availability.

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Happy 10th birthday British (and French and German) iTunes Store!

Today, June 15, marks the 10th birthday of the iTunes Store in the UK, France and Germany. Having already been launched in the U.S. the year before, Apple's first international expansion saw the trio of European countries become the first non-Americans to have access to its online media catalog. But perhaps more importantly it marked the beginning of a serious change in how media buyers got their content. And the rest, as they say, is history.

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iTunes Store, App Store, Apple TV experiencing server problems, don't panic

Update: iTunes services appear to be coming back online, though it make take some time to restore services for everybody and all devices.

Original story follows.

The iTunes Store and App Store are currently down for some people in some parts of the world, taking with it a bunch of the iTunes ecosystem. You aren't going to be downloading any movies, music, or TV shows, you won't be streaming off iTunes Radio, and your Apple TV won't even let you watch any such items. Poof, they're gone. iMessage, FaceTime, and other Apple web services don't appear to be affected.

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How to redeem a promo code or gift card with iTunes on Mac or Windows

iTunes, iBooks, and App Store gift cards as well as app promo codes are all redeemed the same way. One of those ways is through iTunes on your Windows PC or Mac. If you've received a gift card or a promo code, you can fire up iTunes and redeem your card for store credit in just a matter of seconds.

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Pokemon Black and White soundtrack now available in iTunes

A quick heads up for all you Pokemon fans out there that there's a new collection of music in iTunes you might be interested in. The folks at Game Freak have published the entire soundtrack to Pokemon Black and Pokemon White for you to download and listen to as much as you like. All 173 tracks, and for just $9.99.

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iTunes pricing set to increase in the UK with new Government ruling

The UK's recent Budget has pushed out – quietly – a new ruling that will surely see iTunes Store prices rise. The rule states that digital content such as apps, music, books and videos will be charged at the rate of tax based on the country it is sold in. Basically pushing it through that iTunes content will be hit with the standard UK rate of VAT at 20%.

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Apple highlighting great games by indie developers

Apple has added a new featured section to the iTunes Store that looks to show off the fine work produced by some of the high quality iOS independent game developers. The Indie Game Showcase has appeared with the weekly storefront refresh and this week is dedicated to, Simogo, developers of Device 6.

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Just how big a business is iTunes for Apple?

Apple makes a ton of money, that much is obvious, but iTunes would do pretty well for itself if it were left to stand on its own two feet. Asymco has been crunching some numbers based on recent earnings reports that would see iTunes rank at 130 in the Fortune 500 if it were considered independently of Apple:

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Digital music sales decline for the first time since the dawn of the iTunes Store

The past 12 months has seen the first decline in digital music sales, since the iTunes Store was launched back in 2003. Digital track sales took the biggest hit, but a decline in album sales was a little more surprising reports Billboard:

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Apple posts deals on music in Boxing Day sale for Canada, UK

Boxing Day is a holiday recognized in a few countries around the world every December 26, and in honor Apple has posted a bunch of deals on music in the iTunes store in Canada and also the UK. Canadian music fans can grab a selection of "hit albums" from $5.99, while UK folks can enjoy similar deals starting from just £3.99.

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