Apple Inc. recently announced that starting April 21, 2020, it will be expanding all its services to more countries around the world.
Services include the App Store, Apple Arcade, Apple Music, Apple Podcasts and iCloud. Most of these services are now available in 20 more countries, with 175 countries in total.
Apple is providing more countries access to Apple Music, so it’s accessible in 52 more countries instead. This brings the total number of countries with Apple Music up to 167.
“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.”
For the 52 countries that’ll have access to its Apple Music, Apple will be offering six-month trials. Users will be able to enjoy locally-curated playlists.
So, for example, a user in Africa will be able to enjoy playlists specially curated toward local music scenes and genres. Apple highlighted Africa Now, Afrobeats Hits and Ghana Bounce as examples.
Apple has already expanded its hardware product distribution to most of these countries, so it makes sense for them to add support for their services as well.
Some of these countries are quite musically-significant, though some do not have a proper streaming platform.
Apple is basically just showing that its music streaming platform will be able to cater to both sides of the coin.
Of course, it remains to be seen if it will truly perform well in those countries but it’s great for Apple to provide its services to more people around the world.