iPhone and iPad manufacturer, Apple has on June 27 launched its online music store iTunes in 12 Asian markets. Surprisingly, Apple has left India and China, which are considered as two major mobile markets in the region, for the launch of the online music store.

Apple has opened the stores in Singapore, Hong Kong and Taiwan. The other places where the online store has launched include Sri Lanka, Thailand, Brunei, Cambodia, Laos, Macau, Malaysia and Vietnam.

The iTunes store will offer the users a collection of local and international music from all the major labels and thousands of independent labels. Apple was also asked why the major markets like China and Indian were excluded from the launch, to which a spokesperson from the company said, “We don’t have anything further to add.”

The Indian and the Chinese market has a combined population of 2.5 billion and also has a growing middleclass population and even the fastest growing mobile phone network. The spokesperson added, “Customers can also rent or purchase movies from the iTunes Store, with many available in stunning HD, from major studios including 20th Century Fox, Paramount Pictures, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, The Walt Disney Studios and Warner Bros Pictures.” The iTunes store joins the revolutionary AppStore T that offers more than 650,000 apps to consumers.