This news ‘almost’ made my day, until the realization that it isn’t going to be available outside the US iTunes store anytime soon.
So two issues really:
A) I have locked myself into the Apple iTunes platform, and they make it difficult to publish widely
B) Microsoft went to the effort to publish this, but not the extra effort to publish internationally.
With regards to music, although frustrating, I understand that there is complex regional licensing around all published music and as such it isn’t always feasible to publish a new album in all regions.
With ‘Apps’, what is the big deal???
I hope Microsoft learn from this and make a ‘Version 2.0’ that utilizes the iPad and is global! I also hope we can look back on this in 10 years time and laugh at the illogical regional barriers to all content, whether it is free or paid for. 🙂