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Early next year, Apple Computer's Australia division is scheduled to host a press event that may divulge clues as to when the computer maker will launch a local version of its iTunes music download service.

Sources have recently pointed to this Apple seminar signup page, which advocates a Macworld Event that will take place on January 12, 2005 at the Westin Hotel in Sydney.

"Historically, Apple Australia do not hold events like these to coincide with the US Macworld conferences," said one tipster. "The fact that they are this time strongly suggests that something very Australia-specific could be launched around the same time--some kind of music store, perhaps."

In October, the Australian Financial Review cited music industry sources in a report, stating Apple had completed negotiations with Austrailian-based record labels and would be ready to officially launch the service in a matter of weeks. To date, there has been no official word on the service launch.

This past Fall, Apple hit roadblocks while attempting to launch its iTunes music download service in Canada and Ireland. And while the Canadian service did eventually launch in December, the company has yet to comment on the mysterious last-minute ommitance of Ireland from its October debut of the iTunes European Union service.

It's unclear precisely what announcements may be in store for attendees at the Australian Macworld Event. The presentation is scheduled to kick-off at 3:30pm Australian time, just hours after Apple chief executive will have delivered the opening Macworld keynote presentation in San Francisco.
post #2 of 29
Ive registered to attend the presentation. I thought it would just be a re-run of the keynote and maybe even show off any new products announced. Now Im even more excited !!!!
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I've registered too now. Hopefully there will be some sort of announcement!
post #4 of 29
We can only hope.

Grumble grumble sydney-centric grumble grumble grumble grumble
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post #5 of 29
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Originally posted by staphbaby
We can only hope.

Grumble grumble sydney-centric grumble grumble grumble grumble

But surely a great event like this would have to be held in australia's, wait, no, asia-pacific, wait, no, the world's, best and coolest city

oh.. by the way, to the moderator---it's not "just hours" after steve's keynote, it will be 8.30PM in san francisco, if i am not wrong, when the Sydney press conference starts... yes, i am a smartass
post #6 of 29
Or it could be announcement saying that they will now update the Apple Australia website every 2 days instead of every week
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post #7 of 29
It just has to be the iTms. I'm registered to go along with Walexx. Cant wait!
post #8 of 29
Oh great! It's time for this month's installment of "Let's jerk the Australians' chains".

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Originally posted by staphbaby
We can only hope.

Grumble grumble sydney-centric grumble grumble grumble grumble

It's probably invitation only staphy. And I have this horrible feeling they might have left us off the list of VIPs (hard to believe, I know).
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Originally posted by crazychester
Oh great! It's time for this month's installment of "Let's jerk the Australians' chains".

Maybe we should invite Mr Jobs down here for a good and hard Booting!
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post #10 of 29
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Originally posted by staphbaby
Maybe we should invite Mr Jobs down here for a good and hard Booting!


Classic Simpsons episode!

But seriously.... Jobs... if you don't bring iTMS to Australia soon Im going to cry....

And no one wants to see a grown man cry...


JimZip.... any thoughts on this latest "chain-pulling?"
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post #11 of 29
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oh.. by the way, to the moderator---it's not "just hours" after steve's keynote, it will be 8.30PM in san francisco, if i am not wrong, when the Sydney press conference starts... yes, i am a smartass [/B]

Actually Macworld conference at SF start at 9.00 am of 11 jan which will be 4.00 am of 12 jan in sydney. And i will wake up to see webcast of this.
post #12 of 29
yeah.... what he said... i hope i can stay awake to check it out... but then i will be too hyped up to go to sleep afterwards
post #13 of 29
i will attempt a thread crossover. at this event in sydney steve will come on the videolink and announce that the new headless Mac ($599 us) will be available in australia 3 weeks before anyone else at aud$699

...must...stop...reading....macrumors...appleinsid er....
post #14 of 29
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Originally posted by sunilraman
i will attempt a thread crossover. at this event in sydney steve will come on the videolink and announce that the new headless Mac ($599 us) will be available in australia 3 weeks before anyone else at aud$699

...must...stop...reading....macrumors...appleinsid er....

Oh man you've got a bad case of it. Oz first for hardware. That's beyond wild imagination. You've started hallucinating I'm afraid. Hasn't anybody given you your pills yet? You need to PM Kickaha and ask could he please send you some of the Anti-Rumor pills asap - the extra strong ones. Hop to it. Supplies will be stretched.

I can see only two possibilities here:
- iTMS. I want to believe but I won't just to be on the safe side.
- An Oz Apple Store. Doubtful would be my most optimistic take on this.

Hardware, nope. Software, why? If it's stuff pertaining to the rest of the world they do their in store thingies. Might be something really boring. "We've invited you here today to introduce you to the new head of Apple Australia....."

Anyway, who's going to get me some free stuff from the launch? I'm sure we can come to some mutually satisfactory arrangement.

Here's my final prediction. Apple will be pleased to announce the launch of iTMS Australia...........


.......in October 2005.
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Originally posted by crazychester
Oh man you've got a bad case of it. Oz first for hardware. That's beyond wild imagination. You've started hallucinating I'm afraid. Hasn't anybody given you your pills yet? You need to PM Kickaha and ask could he please send you some of the Anti-Rumor pills asap - the extra strong ones. Hop to it. Supplies will be stretched.

I can see only two possibilities here:
- iTMS. I want to believe but I won't just to be on the safe side.
- An Oz Apple Store. Doubtful would be my most optimistic take on this.

Hardware, nope. Software, why? If it's stuff pertaining to the rest of the world they do their in store thingies. Might be something really boring. "We've invited you here today to introduce you to the new head of Apple Australia....."

Anyway, who's going to get me some free stuff from the launch? I'm sure we can come to some mutually satisfactory arrangement.

Here's my final prediction. Apple will be pleased to announce the launch of iTMS Australia...........


.......in October 2005.

\ and i thought you were from "a richly embellished fantasy world" ..now where are dem pills... must be some lying around
post #16 of 29
Dammit, I gotta work out at Randwick Racecourse on the 12th!!!!!! man, I would love to be there
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post #17 of 29
For anyone who is regsitered to the Apple Oz Macworld Event:

These are Press and Channel only events. I know for a fact that Apple Australia are going through the rego list, and if you have not registered with a valid company email address (ie either press or channel), you will be culled.

You may get an email telling you of the cull.
post #18 of 29
Hmmm, and the plot thickens.
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post #19 of 29
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Originally posted by TheGuru
For anyone who is regsitered to the Apple Oz Macworld Event:

These are Press and Channel only events. I know for a fact that Apple Australia are going through the rego list, and if you have not registered with a valid company email address (ie either press or channel), you will be culled.

You may get an email telling you of the cull.

Ha! Told ya. Saved ourselves the ignominy of being culled staphy.

Suffer in your jocks the rest of ya. Oh shit, I'm supposed to be trying to be nicer....

My fellow Australians, my heart goes out to you all.

(Grants. Yeah, I know. But it's two bottles for 50 bucks at Woolies at Dicko.)
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post #20 of 29
The most important question is... Can Apple announce iTunes Music Store for Australia while completely avoiding any references to Men at Work?
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post #21 of 29
Well, by the looks of the report on the AI front page, the event will be to annouce the new Apple Stores and Apple business plans........ I wonder what the NextBtye stores will think of all this?

My hopes for iTMS Australia are fading quickly

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post #22 of 29
Well.... I think its safe to say Australia will have to wait a little longer for a iTMS

Not happy Jobs!
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post #23 of 29
Yes I think you're right there. It's strange that there has been no mention at all about what the press event today was about.
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post #24 of 29
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Originally posted by WJMoore
Yes I think you're right there. It's strange that there has been no mention at all about what the press event today was about.

where the is all the people that went to it today? has no one that attended the fortitude to come and let us AppleInsiders know what is bloody going on?? or are they too devastated by the rubbish that was presented
post #25 of 29
Please note, that I am finding the Music Store, "temporarily unavailable, please check back later" ,

Launching Australia?

Cheers, MM
post #26 of 29
Nope, there's still no AU store.
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post #27 of 29
oh well, Steve-o obviously doesnt want my mountains of coin (credt cards!) I have stashed away to unload on an Australian iTMS....

Seriously though... I understand it must be a massive legal exercise, but if Portugal can have one.... by Christ! I want one too!

Does anyone out there have an inkling of when this might happen... surely someone is in the loop out there......

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post #28 of 29
I just wanted to say that I am very very dissapointed in whoever has information or whoever went to this event. All this bullocks about "oh we are going" or "i'll post info here".

And what is the deal with AppleTalk.com.au? No real info, just more bullocks.

Whoever went, whoever has info, I would say that next time don't promise the world or talk it up here. I mean come on, it's Thursday evening and still no peep outta anyone. What happened to all you insider contacts?

Get stuffed mate.

*Note, this is not addressed to AppleInsider which has done a fabulous job with rumors and running this excellent website
post #29 of 29
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Originally posted by sunilraman
I just wanted to say that I am very very dissapointed in whoever has information or whoever went to this event. All this bullocks about "oh we are going" or "i'll post info here".

And what is the deal with AppleTalk.com.au? No real info, just more bullocks.

Whoever went, whoever has info, I would say that next time don't promise the world or talk it up here. I mean come on, it's Thursday evening and still no peep outta anyone. What happened to all you insider contacts?

Get stuffed mate.

*Note, this is not addressed to AppleInsider which has done a fabulous job with rumors and running this excellent website

They just played the keynote and then the media and channel got to look at the new products.

That's all it was ever meant to be. Don't blame Apple or anyone else because the rumour mill hyped it to be more than that...

The rumour mill is it's own worst enemy.
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