iTunes is a media player, media library, online radio broadcaster, and mobile device management application developed by Apple Inc. It is used to play, download, and organise digital audio and video on personal computers running the OS X and Microsoft Windows operating systems. The iTunes Store is also available on the iPod Touch, iPhone, and iPad.
Through the iTunes Store, users can purchase and download music, music videos, television shows, audiobooks, podcasts, movies, movie rentals in some countries, and ringtones, available on the iPhone and iPod Touch (fourth generation onward).
Apple Music is Apple's premium subscription service, accessible via the iTunes interface. After an initial 3 months free trial, which users will only be able to access after providing credit card information, Apple Music will only be available to paying subscribers. The service has a strong focus on editorial and artist features, including “Artist Connect”, which will allow approved artists to post free content directly on the service and interact with fans.
iTunes offers music through the sales of downloads.
Apple Music is a streaming service.
iTunes and Apple Music are available in: Angola, Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Argelia, Argentina, Armenia, Australia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Bahamas, Barbados, Belarus*, Belgium, Belize, Benin, Bermuda, Bhután, Bolivia, Bosnia, Botswana, Brazil, British Virgin Islands, Brunei Darussalam, Brunei, Bulgaria, Burkina-Faso*, Cambodia, Cameroon, Canada, Cape Verde, Cayman Islands, Chad, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cote d’Ivoire, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Denmark, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Estonia, Fiji, Finland, France, Gabon, Gambia, Georgia, Germany, Ghana, Greece, Grenada, Guatemala, Guyana, Guinea-Bissau, Honduras, Hong Kong, Hungary, Iceland, India*, Indonesia, Iraq, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kosovo, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Laos, Latvia, Liberia, Libya, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macau, Macedonia, Madagascar, Malawi, Malaysia, Maldivas, Mali, Malta, Mauritania, Mauritius, Mexico, Micronesia, Moldova, Mongolia, Montenegro, Montserrat, Morocco, Mozambique, Myanmar, Namibia, Nepal*, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Niger, Nigeria, Norway, Panama, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Republic of Congo, Romania, Russia, Rwanda, Senegal, Serbia, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Singapore, South Africa, Slovakia, Slovenia, Solomon Islands, South Africa, Spain, Sri Lanka, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent, Suriname, Swaziland, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Tajikistan, Tanzania, Thailand, Tonga, Trinidad & Tobago, Tunisia, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Turks & Caicos, Uganda, Ukraine, United Kingdom, United States, Uruguay, Uzbekistan*, Vanuatu, Venezuela, Vietnam, Yemen, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
*Explicit content is not sold in these territories.
Go Live Time
Normally, releases go live within 24-27 hours in both services simultaneously.
Important Note: a random percentage of releases go through an internal iTunes review process, which can take up to 16 business days from the day they are received by the store.
If your release is placed in iTunes' content review, unfortunately, it will take longer than the normal 24-72 hours to go live. We can't speed up the internal iTunes review process. If you have a required release date please make sure that you distribute your music more than 16 business days in advance of the digital release date.