Apple is moving its international iTunes business from Luxembourg to Cork writes Alan Healy.
The company is completing the merger of iTunes Sarl with Apple Distribution International in Hollyhill.
The transfer of the business from Luxembourg to Cork will be completed by early 2017.
iTunes is Apple’s hugely successful music-sharing service and it is used by millions of people worldwide.
Once the transfer of the business is completed, staff at Apple’s campus in Hollyhill will service iTunes users in more than 100 countries.
“Apple has been operating in Ireland since 1980 and now employs nearly 6,000 people. As we continue to expand our operations in Cork, we are moving our iTunes business there, and will support content stores for more than 100 countries from our campus at Hollyhill,” the company said.
Apple recently received planning permission for a major extension to Hollyhill, involving a new, four-storey office block and 750 new parking spaces.
The extension will allow Apple to further expand the services they support from Cork, including products like iTunes.
The new building will add a further 1,000 staff to Apple’s workforce in Ireland.