Apple Music‘s expansion will continue, and if local news sources in South Korea are any indicator, that particular region might be next on the radar.
According to a report from The Korea Herald, Apple Music is nearing launch in the area soon. Unfortunately, no firm date has been nailed down just yet, let alone announced by Apple, but at least one official from the music copyright industry in Korea says that negotiations with Apple have finalized, so an announcement should be coming down the pipe soon.
“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.”
The report states that Apple has tried to launch its music streaming service in the region before, but that Apple ran into complications with the music copyright associations. Those hiccups have apparently been worked through, though, and a launch seems at least one step closer to happening.
However, Apple still needs to work out deals (copyright contracts) with the industry organizations, including the Korea Music Copyright Association, as well as with the Recording Industry Association of Korea. At the same time, Apple needs to finalize deals with the Korean record distributors as well.
So, not quite finalized in all aspects, but at least getting closer