I've been waiting for this day to arrive for years: music and movies can now be purchased from the iTunes Philippines store. My first purchase? The Eraserheads reunion concert album. I wanted to go to that concert but I missed it. Now I can pretend I was actually there, hahaha.
As of right now, there are some gaping holes in the iTunes catalog. You won't find a lot of bands/performers. Many of the major ones are there though, as well as many of the latest releases. Fiona Apple's Idler Wheel, the Pumpkins' Oceania, Call Me Maybe... It would have been nicer to see more indie bands. Personally, I would have liked to have seen OPM mixed in with the usual pop/rock/hiphop genres, but iTunes put them in the OPM ghetto just like most music stores. It does make it easier to browse, I'll admit.
Hopefully, it's onward and upward for the iTunes music store. I've always shared gaming company Valve's point of view that pirates are just "underserved customers." Now that Filipinos have a legitimate online store where we can buy tunes, I'll wager that piracy, though it may never go away, will be on the decline. iTunes music is priced right, and it's much easier than downloading a torrent. And you get the extra bonus of automatic downloads to all your iOS devices. And with iTunes Match even cloud streaming. It's a no-brainer!
Anyway, I am thrilled the iTunes store now has music and movies. Now back to the store to hunt for more tunes...