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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?

http://itunes.apple.com/se/artist/nash-the-slash/id160526527

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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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A "generic" or "global" iTunes / App Store link has less to do with the two letter country code in the URL and everything to do with ID.

If the link is recognized / available in the "target" iTunes / App Store country specific storefront you are golden, if not you just served up an error message.

For example (look at the IDs in each link):

Apps (Tetris from EA):

Music (Adele's 21):

We (GeoRiot) have found that "artist" links (either for a musician/band or app developer) are your best bet for an ID that works internationally but still don't have 100% success.

For specific products, we've found the following rates of links not working for international clicks (based on top 300 items in each category, originate from a US based iTunes / App Store link and tested in the UK, Germany, Australia, and Japan storefronts):

  • 8% to 12% of the time for Apps
  • 65% to 75% for Music
  • 50% to 75% for Books (native language plays in here)
  • 60% to 85% for TV shows / episodes (again language is a major factor)
  • 50% to 98% for Movies (language again playing in big here)

If you really want to dive into the specific availability of a link then you can check out this tool we put together: GeoRiot Link Availability Tool (beta)

I hope that helps!

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