U.S.-based technology giant Apple has launched its iTunes store in Costa Rica and 15 other Latin American countries.
Apple announced the launch Tuesday, saying the Latin version of the store offers more than 20 million songs by both local and international artists.
Most of the songs are priced at just under $1, with most albums at just under $10. The service also includes movies to buy or rent.
In addition to Costa Rica, the iTunes store is being made available in Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, and the Dominican Republic. Other countries to get the service are Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Panamá, Paraguay, Perú and Venezuela.
The Brazilian iTunes launch marks what Apple calls the “digital debut” of the music catalog of Roberto Carlos, a popular Brazilian singer.
Apple also was the company to bring the music of The Beatles to the Internet. The iconic British band was one of the last music groups not to make its songs available digitally, opting instead to sell them exclusively on CDs, tapes and records.
The iTunes services has been available in English on the Internet, and expats could purchase music and movies with Stateside dollar accounts. Now the service also will be in Spanish with local billing.