Yep, what used to be a semi-open Philippine iTunes Store, with which we can only buy apps for the iPhone, iPod, and iPad, today Apple makes available music and movies in the online media offering. TV shows and paid books are still missing though.
The Philippine iTunes Store has dedicated a section for Original Pilipino Music (OPM), though it currently features only a few artists. While there might possibly be issues on copyright and label conflicts, this hopefully should provide more opportunities for our Pinoy musicians. I might be wrong but I can’t find local movies in the lists – if ever a big push for our film industry, and how I wish I can finally buy my favorite Chiquito titles.
This is really great news because you can now buy music and movies directly using a locally-issued credit card. What I used to do is buy iTunes cards online and use the credits to shop at the US iTunes Store.
Let’s see if most, if not all, titles are now available, though after a quick check on some sections, such as music videos, items available for purchase are still disappointingly limited.
Read Apple’s Press Release.