iTunes Match was expected to be rolled out internationally in 2012, but Apple seems to have negotiated the terms with record labels and the service has now been made operational internationally. While, iTunes Match made its UK debut on Wednesday, it went live in several other countries such as Australia, Spain, Canada and New Zealand on Thursday.
Initially, it seemed to be a false start, but everything is in order now. According to iPodNN, Apple has offered refunds to subscribers who signed up during the ‘accidental’ launch of the service. The service has been priced at £21.99 for the UK. The best part is about the service is that it will automatically upgrade your audio files to 256 Kbps DRM format. However, this upgrade will be available only if Apple has that particular track in its repository.
iTunes Match will let you store your music on iCloud irrespective of the origin of the file. So, even if you have ripped your CD, you would be able to store the music on Apple’s cloud. Once you have put your collection on the cloud, you will be able to play it on all the devices belonging to Apple family such as iPad’s, iPod Touch’s, iPhone’s or Mac’s – you’ll also be able to play your music through a PC.