Apple has announced the launch of the iTunes Store in Russia, Turkey, India, South Africa and 52 additional countries:
MOSCOW—December 4, 2012—Apple® today announced the launch of the iTunes Store® in Russia, Turkey, India, South Africa and 52 additional countries featuring an incredible selection of local and international music from all the major labels and thousands of independent labels. The iTunes Store features local artists including Elka in Russia, Sezen Aksu in Turkey, AR Rahman in India, and Zahara in South Africa, international artists including The Beatles, Taylor Swift and Coldplay, and world-renowned classical musicians including Lang Lang, Yo Yo Ma and Yuja Wang. Customers can choose from over 20 million songs available to purchase and download on the iTunes Store.
Earlier today it was suspected the iTunes Store would launch in Russia, and just as the clock struck past midnight EST, it happened. The addition of 56 new countries brings the total of 119 countries with iTunes Stores.