Apple is officially rolling out iTunes Match internationally, after accidentally rolling it out yesterday.
Users in Canada, Ireland, Mexico, United Kingdom, Australia, France, New Zealand, and Spain are reporting that they now have an option to subscribe for the iTunes Match service.
Users are reporting that iTunes Match is working fine and their libraries are being matched.
Apple had launched iTunes Match service on November 14th in the US. Apple had unveiled iTunes Match along with iOS 5 and iCloud at the WWDC 2011 Keynote address in June. It allows users to store their entire music collection (up to 25,000 songs), including songs that they’ve ripped from CDs or purchased from anywhere else in iCloud.
Here’s how it works:
iTunes determines which songs in your collection are available in the iTunes Store. Any music with a match is automatically added to your iCloud library for you to listen to anytime, on any device. Since there are more than 18 million songs in the iTunes Store, most of your music is probably already in iCloud. All you have to upload is what iTunes can’t match. Which is much faster than starting from scratch. And all the music iTunes matches plays back at 256-Kbps iTunes Plus quality — even if your original copy was of lower quality.
It looks like iTunes Match will cost £21.99 per year in the UK, €24.99 in other parts of Europe, $27.99 per year in Canada and A$34.99 per year in Australia.
You should see the iTunes Match option in iTunes. Clicking on it should give you an option to subscribe to the service as seen below. Please ensure that you’re the latest version of iTunes (v10.5.2).
As always, let us know how it goes.