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“I’ve got an iPod, an iPad, a Mac, and with iTunes, I can download music into all of them, and I know it’s safe,” he said. “I know I’m not going to ruin my gadgets.”

The launch of iTunes in Brazil comes as Foxconn is expected to begin producing products by tech giant Apple Inc. at a plant in Brazil.

Brazil’s Minister of Science and Technology Aloizio Mercadante and other top Brazilian officials have repeatedly said such production is imminent. Neither Apple nor Foxconn responded to requests for comment.

In its statement about the iTunes store launch, Apple said most of the songs are priced at 99 cents and most albums cost $9.99.

The Latin American iTunes stores offer music from major labels such as EMI Music, Sony Music Entertainment, Universal Music Group and Warner Music, the statement said. Calls to the Brazilian offices of the labels and the Brazilian Union of Music Publishers were not immediately returned. The Brazilian Association of Record Producers said it had no immediate comment.

According to Apple’s statement, the new iTunes store also offers over a thousand movies to rent or purchase from major studios such as 20th Century Fox, Paramount Pictures, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, Universal Pictures, The Walt Disney Studios and Warner Bros. Pictures.

The service is simultaneously being launched in Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru and Venezuela.

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Associated Press writers Bradley Brooks in Sao Paulo, Juliana Barbassa in Rio de Janeiro and Cesar Garcia in Bogota, Colombia, contributed to this report.