Originally posted by MacsRGood4U
It has to do with the realities of the music business. It's not us vs. you. The fact that Apple got the 5 major labels to agree to this program is amazing. At the moment artists get different royalties based on country of origin. I would guess that when the music service is localized by country, perhaps then you'll be able to buy product... and some of the product will be more in tune with localized artists of the country of origin as well.
The localizations you are suggesting imply restrictions on the choice given to people living in different countries.
These are what the entertainment industry desires but in the globaly networked times we live have no right to exist. The Internet knows no borders. Altough the entertainment industry tries to create artificial ones - think of the Region Code on DVDs.
And, no offense, you sort of miss the point: It is not just the new music service. What sets most users outside the US up is the fact that recent services that represent the added value a Mac offers are simply unavailable. No online photo prints or book ordering out of iPhoto, hardly any Sherlok channels and as of yet no iTunes Music Store.
All of these were promised to be worked on - but nothing changed as of now. And it remains to be seen whether the music service will make its way out of the US and around the world - well at least most of it.
This is really frustating. And you wouldn't want to be treated as second class customer either, would you?