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Jun 2nd, 2010, 04:38 PM
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Can I shop on iTunes/download new podcasts to my laptop from Africa?

I use iTunes in the U.S. to buy songs and download podcasts to my laptop. I am moving to Africa (Rep. of Congo) and wondering if I will be able to continue buying/downloading new material from the iTunes store from there. Or do they block access to the store in countries without their own official version of iTunes (such as Congo)?

I appreciate advice from any iTunes savvy Fodorites out there!

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Jun 2nd, 2010, 09:04 PM
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If you have a US based address/password for your Itunes purchases, you should be able to use it from anywhere in the world. You may not be able to open up a new account in countries where access is prohibited.
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Jun 2nd, 2010, 09:05 PM
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Meant to say - where purchases are prohibited. You may be able to access the itunes site anywhere......
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Jun 2nd, 2010, 09:21 PM
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Thank HariS, I opened my account in the U.S. using a U.S. credit card/adress etc.

So from your first post sounds like I could still make purchases from abroad, but your second post refers to "where purchases are prohibited" - I am confused! Are there countries where purchases are prohibited (e.g. Congo) and if so will it impact my ability to buy/download podcasts using my existing U.S. account?

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Jun 2nd, 2010, 09:55 PM
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No idea about the Congo. But, there are several countries in the world (India being one of them) where Itunes isn't available (not necessarily prohibited) - but, itunes is just another internet feature and so you will be able to download stuff using your US account.
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Jun 3rd, 2010, 04:04 AM
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As far my knowledge goes, It all depends on your credit card- with an american card written under an american address you shouldn't have a problem.
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Jun 3rd, 2010, 04:06 AM
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but.. if for some reason it doesn't work, there's a way to get around it with itunes gift cards.
I'm pretty sure you won't need it so I won't go into the full details. PM me if you get to congo and can't make purchases.
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Jun 3rd, 2010, 04:13 AM
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Thanks a lot for the replies! Sounds like it will work, I will post back if it doesn't.

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Jul 12th, 2010, 08:09 AM
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The key to using iTunes when outside the USA is Tunezip - http://www.tunezip.com. Not only can they set you up with a USA iTunes account, but they also sell $10, $15, $25 and $50 credit vouchers/gift cards at really reasonable prices, and their service is fast. You can buy and download apps, movies, music, basically anything from the US itunes store using this service.
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Mar 15th, 2012, 10:04 AM
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The other thing to consider is if you'll have access to high speed internet in the Congo. I'd be surprised if you do.
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Mar 15th, 2012, 08:15 PM
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ShayTay: mp413's OP is nearly 2 years old. the thread was topped by an advertiser.
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Mar 16th, 2012, 09:44 AM
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So it is! However, it's an interesting question and, as iPods, iPads, etc. continue to proliferate, is revelant for today. In 2009, I sent an MMS text with a photo from Dar es Salaam and it wasn't delivered to my sister in the US for six days! I got home faster than it did. Downloads can be especially problematic with slow connections.
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Mar 16th, 2012, 09:53 AM
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Oh -- yes totally relevant - probably even more so than 2 years ago. I just didn't want you to think you were answering the OP's questions.
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