Apple Music coming soon to South Korea, local music organization says

in iPod + iTunes + AppleTV edited June 2016
Apple could be on the verge of filling a major hole in its Apple Music international coverage, as reports on Thursday claim contracts have been signed to bring the streaming service to South Korea.

"We formed a contract with Apple Music to begin streaming service here," an official from the Federation of Korean Music Performers told local media, according to the Korea Herald. "We made agreements on how to pay the copyright fees to the artists."

The person added that contract terms couldn't be revealed. Apple will still need to secure agreements with music distributors, as well as organizations like the Korea Music Copyright Association and the Recording Industry Association of Korea.

It's not clear how much progress Apple may have made, and accordingly it's unknown when Apple Music might make its Korean debut.

The country is a conspicuous gap in Apple Music coverage, given that the service first launched in June 2015 and is already available in more than 100 markets around the world. At this month's WWDC in San Francisco, Apple unveiled a refresh of the Apple Music interface coming later this year.


  • Reply 1 of 3
    revenantrevenant Posts: 621member
    people out here have been itching for an apple store. one step closer, and when they do it will out-traffic the Samsung store's yearly within a few hours. 
  • Reply 2 of 3
    macxpressmacxpress Posts: 5,387member
    I think pushing Apple stores there would be great! Hit Samsung in their own backyard!
  • Reply 3 of 3
    EsquireCatsEsquireCats Posts: 1,248member
    It's a pity that South Korea is hamstrung on Samsung, it's patently clear that the local population is missing out on a whole raft of services due to Samsung's boundless influence.
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