The launch of Apple Music will be arriving soon in Korea, according to several media outlets within the country. No firm date has been given, but a music copyright association in Korea has confirmed that it has signed contracts with Apple, so the launch could happen any day now.
“We formed a contract with Apple Music to begin streaming service here,” said an official from Federation of Korean Music Performers. “We made agreements on how to pay the copyright fees to the artists.“
Previous attempts to bring Apple Music into the country have failed due to strict copyright laws and “a lack of consensus” with associations such as the Federation of Korean Music Performers.
While this may be a good first step, Apple Music still has a few more hurdles to jump through. Such as the signing of contracts with local music organizations like Korea Music Copyright Association and the Recording Industry Association of Korea, and signing deals with major record label distributors like KT Music and LEON Entertainment.