Hollywood and local films will be on iTunes

Tokyo — Apple has announced the launch of a pic download service for Japanese customers of its iTunes store.

The service, targeted mainly at iPhone and iPad users, features more than 1,000 titles from Hollywood majors and local studios including Shochiku and Toei.

A two-day rental, which can begin up to 30 days after downloading, costs from $2.40 to $6 while pics sell for $12.20 to $30.50. Pics are available in HD.

Users who want a higher-quality viewing experience can also watch the pics on Apple TV, a gadget allowing movies and other content streamed via iTunes to be viewed on standard TVs, as well as enjoy more than 200,000 podcasts and 4,000 Internet radio stations. The suggested retail price for Apple TV is $107.

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