iTunes Match launches in the UK

The general consenus was that it wouldn't hit the UK until 2012. But now we have an early Christmas present from Apple – the launch of iTunes Match in the UK.

The service tried to go live over the last couple of days, with Apple refunding customers who had seen it on their systems initially. We presumed that was the end of the story for now, but last night, iTunes Match reappeared, this time in an official capacity.

Apple users have been offered updated terms and conditions within iTunes in the last 24 hours, followed by new links to iTunes Match in the links of the iTunes Store. Unlike the false launch a couple of days back, Apple's customers are able to pay for the service and use it. That means, once you've paid for the service, Apple will scan your music, replacing them, where possible, with 256KBps quality tracks from iTunes in the 'cloud'. Anything it can't match will be automatically uploaded as is.

Which means, when you want your music on your iPhone or iPad, it's ready and waiting for you, wherever you are in the world. The only downside is that Apple isn't offering this service free. You'll need to sign up to an annual subscription, which in the UK is £21.99. If that's good with you, load up iTunes to do the rest.

Source: MacRumors

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