Summary:

iTunes Store may be huge, but it still isn’t truly global. After recent Latin America expansion, Apple’s service could be ready for a South Africa launch, an industry source says.

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It may be amongst the most successful of digital content stores, but iTunes Store isn’t everywhere.

Now conjecture suggests it will plug its gap in South Africa, however.

Yoel Kenan, founder and CEO of African music licensing firm Africori, made the declaration at Mobile Entertainment Africa 2012 Conference in Cape Town (via MemeBurn), citing an Apple source (via MyBroadband).

Nearly 12 years after it first launched, iTunes Store finally went live in Brazil and 15 other Latin American countries, often plagued by difficulties in credit card processing, in December.

The expansion has been credited as one of the key reasons global digital music sales have lifted in recent quarters.

South African digital music services include Jamster, MTN Loaded, Music Station, Nokia Music and Vodafone, but just six percent of 2011 industry revenue was from digital.

German streaming service Simfy recently launched there.

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