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iTunes 90-second previews available now - but only in U.S.

December 9, 2021 | Debbie Turner

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We’ve been keeping our readers informed with developments at iTunes and just recently posted an article surrounding iTunes managing to secure the Beatles back catalog of music at last. This was obviously a huge hit with music and iTunes fans as by the last week in November over 2 million Beatles songs had been downloaded.

Now we have more news from iTunes and this is one that we know many of you have been waiting for. Not long ago there was speculation that Apple would be extending the music preview times on iTunes to 90 seconds instead of only 30 seconds and it would seem that the extended previews have now gone live, according to Vlad Savov over on Engadget, sourced from Apple Insider.

However if you’re not in the U.S. you’re out of luck as these extended previews are only available there at the moment. The longer previews are also only available for tracks of two and a half minutes and more and also at present only available for certain artists. We wonder what the record labels might say about this as they were virtually told by Apple last month that this would be happening at some point in a letter stating that if they continued to offer their content to iTunes, this would be taken as acceptance.

Stephen Musil over on Cnet informs us that some of the tracks available include songs from The Black-Eyed Peas and Coldplay’s “Christmas Lights.” What are your thoughts on the extended music previews from iTunes? We’d be interested in your thoughts on this so please do send us your comments.

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