iTunes Match first made its debut in mid-November in the United States, and it remained exclusive to U.S. users until earlier this week when it rolled out in Brazil. But the music matching service has now gone global, extending its reach to Australia, Canada, Mexico, New Zealand, the U.K., and other countries in Europe.
If your country is supported, you will now be greeted by a new “iTunes Match” link when you visit the iTunes Store, which will allow you to sign up to the service and begin syncing your music with the “cloud.” Subscribers can sync up to 25,000 tracks for a yearly fee of $24.99 in the U.S., £21.99 in the U.K., $39.99 in Australia, and €24.99 in Europe.
Accompanying the service’s rollout are new iTunes terms that international users must agree to before they can sign up to iTunes Match, or purchase items from the iTunes Store:
– New terms have been added that govern your use of iTunes Match, whereby you may pay a subscription fee to access certain content remotely, subject to existing association rules and usage rules, and explain that such content may be accessed on certain devices that are not subject to existing association rules, with limitations; and
– New terms have been added that explain that use of iTunes Match requires collection of certain information from your iTunes library which shall be associated with your Account.
The new service actually popped up in some territories prematurely on Thursday morning, but those who successfully signed up could not sync their libraries, and later received an email from Apple’s support team to say that it wasn’t quite ready and that their fee would be refunded.
It would appear that there are no mistakes about its rollout this time around, however, with users now reporting that they can sync their music libraries successfully.
Have you got iTunes Match in your country, and will you be signing up?