Apple said Wednesday it added 12 Asian countries, including Vietnam, to its roster of iTunes customers.
Before the launch, iPhone and iPad users already had been accessing free games from the App Store, but online music and movies remained beyond their reach unless they had gift cards issued in the United Kingdom or the United States.
Other new terminals include Bruei, Cambodia, Hong Kong, Laos, Macau, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Sri Lanka, and Thailand.
In Asia-Pacific, only a few countries such as Japan, Australia, and New Zealand have full access to iTunes, the world's biggest digital jukebox.
Initially, copyright restrictions and licensing delayed Apple’s regional expansion, despite a growing Asian market, where revenues have surpassed those in Europe.
But in its announcement, Apple did not mention China, meaning its second largest market after the United States remains limited to free digital content.