Last night a
couple of reports emerged of iTunes Match, Apple’s cloud music storage
system, going live in the UK and a
number of other countries around the world.
Tonight it seems
as if Apple if rolling it out for real, and having updated our iTunes to
version 10.5.2 we immediately saw the iTunes Match option appear in the left
Clicking on it
will bring you to an information page where it gives you the option to
Subscribe for £21.99 a year. The same service costs $25-a-year in the US. While we did proceed to the next step we didn’t go as far as to subscribe as, well, we didn’t want to.
the internet suggest that the service has also come online in countries such
as New Zealand, Canada, Mexico, France, Germany, Ireland and Australia.
iTunes Match is a service which scans your iTunes library
and having recognized all the tracks will create a mirror collection in iTunes
in the cloud.
So all music bought from iTunes as well as music ripped from
CDs will be available to you wherever you go, in handy 256Kbps AAC, DRM-free
files. Any files not in the iTunes library of 20 million tracks can be uploaded
While there has been no
official word about the roll out from Apple, it seems as if this is for real. We want to hear from you if you have managed to get the service up and
running or if you will be signing up once you get updated to the latest version