A report today from The Korea Herald says Korea could be next to get access to Apple Music as officials from a music copyright organization in the country confirm it’s made deals with Apple for the launch.
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“We formed a contract with Apple Music to begin streaming service here,” said an official from Federation of Korean Music Performers, a music copyright association. “We made agreements on how to pay the copyright fees to the artists.“
While Apple has reached a deal with the Federation of Korean Music Performers, it also must have agreements in place with the Korea Music Copyright Association, the Recording Industry Association of Korea, and local labels and distributors, something that the report notes it has failed to do in the past.
Apple Music is available in over 110 countries currently, although feature availability varies from country to country sometimes due to content rights in specific regions. Apple maintains a full list of availability on its website. Some countries, like Israel, are listed as coming soon on the local versions of Apple’s website.
Apple Music is set to get a redesign this fall when Apple releases iOS 10 and macOS Sierra. We detailed the new design earlier this month following Apple’s unveiling during its WWDC developer conference. Apple also announced that the service now has 15 million paid subscribers.