Apple Removes HMV UK app from the iOS App Store

TORONTO, Oct. 21, 2013 /CNW/ - HMV has confirmed that the iOS version of its 
new digital music app, which was released on October 17(th) 2013, has been 
temporarily removed from the UK iOS App Store by Apple in spite of the 
Cupertino, California-based tech company previously giving HMV's app its 
HMV stressed that Apple's removal of the app only prevents further iPhone 
users from downloading it. Users who have already downloaded the app will 
continue to be able to use it and will not notice any changes to the 
HMV's developers are working around the clock to deliver an updated version of 
the iOS app for Apple's approval which will retain the innovative Image Search 
and Sound Search functionality to discover music and listen to 30 second 
previews. The updated app will also provide access to users' "MyHMV" locker to 
manage all HMV downloads made via the company's HTML5 store -and the new which is set to launch this 
Paul McGowan, Chairman of HMV and CEO of Hilco Capital, commented: "It is 
disappointing that Apple has chosen to suspend an app that has proven to be 
very successful in only a few short days despite Apple having already approved 
the exact same version on 15th September. We are unable to explain the change 
in Apple's position as we have been given no explanation by them as to any 
difference they view between the approved version and the one suspended this 
evening. The Android and HTML versions of the app are spectacular and are 
proving a big hit with UK consumers with downloads growing constantly over the 
last few days." 
Since its launch last Thursday (17 October), HMV's digital music store has 
proven popular with British customers with the app downloading over 10,000 
times with 4 star and 4.5 star reviews in the iOS and Google Play app stores 
"HMV has always strived to offer music fans alternative ways to consume the 
entertainment they love"said Nick Williams, president of hmv Canada. "This app 
adds another exciting dimension to our customers shopping experience and we 
are looking forward to its release in Canada" 
hmv Canada anticipates distribution of the app for it's Canadian clientele in 
late November. 
About hmv Canada 
hmv Canada's first store opened in 1986, from which it has grown to become a 
Canadian entertainment market leader with 111 stores from Newfoundland to 
British Columbia, including flagship locations in Toronto, Edmonton, and 
Montreal. hmv Canada is an innovator in its market, launching in 2009 its digital music store, in 2010, the hmv Pure customer 
rewards program, which has attracted over 1.4 million paid cardholders, and in 
2012 The Vault music streaming service, giving users access to millions of 
tracks to stream on a personal computer or mobile device. hmv has been named 
Canadian Music Retailer of the Year for the past 20 years, and has also been 
recognized as the Canadian Entertainment Network DVD Retailer of the Year. In 
July 2011, Re:Capital Canada, a subsidiary of Hilco Capital, acquired hmv 
Canada from the UK's HMV Group plc.

SOURCE  HMV Canada Inc. 
hmv Canada Elyssa Macri 416.620.6618 ext. 716 
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