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Long Lines As iPad Comes To Canada

There was a party happening at the Eaton Centre on Friday – albeit one with a steep cover charge.

When the store opened at 8am, cheering, clapping and whistling Apple Store employees greeted customers lined up for the iPad as it went on sale in Canada for the first time.

The touch-screen tablet – which retails from $549 to $879 – allows users to browse the web, watch HD movies, listen to music, read e-books, play video games, and the list goes on.

Since the iPad launched in the United States on April 3 it has sold more than a million units.

And that number will surely skyrocket with Friday’s launch not only in Canada, but also Australia, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Spain, Switzerland and Great Britain.  

Citytv is the first Canadian media outlet to release an iPad video app, called Shorts in the City.

It’s an online home for video which will feature 35 hours of drama, comedy, sci-fi, thriller, horror and animation broken down into seconds- or minutes-long episodes.

“It’s really about providing compelling high quality video to Canadians where they are when they want it,” said Claude Galipeau of Rogers Digital Media.

To download the free Shorts in the City app, visit iTunes.