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Apple expands iTunes movie download rollout

Apple has reportedly activated iTunes movie sales in a number of countries where it recently launched access to the online store.

AppleInsider has reported, movies are now available for download through iTunes, but seem to be limited to Disney, Sony, and their subsidiaries.

According to the site, which credited its readers as the source of this information, the movie rental feature has been pushed out to 42 countries, including a number in Europe, Africa, Asia, and Latin America.

When Apple officially opened the iTunes Music Store in 56 countries earlier this month, only Russia, Turkey, India, and Indonesia received support for movie and video purchases. The consumer goods producer revealed no timeline for other countries.

Based on AppleInsider's intel, iTunes movie downloads are currently available to users in: Europe (Belarus, Moldova, Russia, Turkey, and Ukraine); Africa, the Middle East, and India (Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Botswana, Cape Verde, Egypt, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea-Bissau, India, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Niger, Nigeria, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Swaziland, the United Arab Emirates, Uganda, and Zimbabwe); Asia Pacific (Indonesia, Micronesia, Mongolia, Tajikistan, and Turkmenistan); as well as Latin America and the Caribbean (Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, the Bahamas, Belize, the British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Dominica, Grenada, St. Kitts and Nevis, and Trinidad and Tobago).

On 4 December, Apple announced the expansion of its iTunes Store, almost doubling the number of countries where the popular music platform is now available. Reaching an additional 56 countries this month, the online store is available in a total 119 countries. Local musicians in various countries can now feature their content in the digital store which is home to more than 20 million songs and 70,000 apps.

Just days before, Apple released the latest version of its music software, iTunes 11.