The iTunes Music Store finally comes to South Africa, a day after news that the iPhone 5 will go on sale here next week.

It launches in 55 additional countries today, all featuring local artists from each country. Expect to pay R89.99 for an album and R8.99 for a single.

Also arriving with the iTunes Music Store is iTunes Match, a service that costs R200 a year, which lets your existing music library have all the benefits of iTunes. Your entire music library can be stored in iCloud, giving you access to it from any iOS device.

If you already have a US iTunes account, then you’re better off still using it. South Africa still doesn’t have as many apps, games and definitely no movies.