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When copying links to stuff in iTunes or Mac App Store, I always get a countrycode-specific link. Is there any way to get a generic one?

If not, will those links resolve to national-specific iTunes destinations when people from abroad click on it?

E.g, might this lead to some other store except the Swedish one?


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You can remove the country code from the URL, so it reads http://itunes.apple.com/artist/nash-the-slash/id160526527. That gives you a valid iTunes URL, that if opened in a browser (that doesn't auto-open iTunes), appears to be the same as if the link were a US link.

However when any iTunes link is opened in iTunes itself, it will attempt to redirect to the version in the user's local store. I.e. when I click on the link you posted, I get sent to the same item in the Canadian store.

If the item isn't available in the Canadian store, I get a message like this: dialog for unavailable content

So, you should be safe using country-specific store links, and iTunes will handle the redirection as appropriate.

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Superb answer, thanks. –  hced Nov 17 '11 at 12:56
However my iPhone is now in the wrong store to receiving a country specific URL and won't update as I am not in the correct country –  Mark Nov 14 '12 at 10:22
This should probably be asked as a separate question, but on the iPhone, which iTunes store you're in can be controlled from the iTunes Account settings, which you'll find by going to Settings → iTunes & App Stores, tapping on your Apple ID at the top, then View Apple ID, and tap Country/Region. –  robmathers Nov 14 '12 at 16:29
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I think there is a better way to this, as it is described here: https://developer.apple.com/library/ios/#qa/qa1633

You can use something like: http://appstore.com/<appname> for example, http://appstore.com/keynote

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