iTunes Match & iCloud Destined For UK 2012, Apple Disappoint?

On Monday of this week, Apple’s big WWDC event kicked off, with fresh news coming in about iOS 5, iCloud and of course news on Mac OS X Lion. Of course the majority of you will be happy with the outcome, but news today may leave some of you feeling disappointed.

It seems talks over the new iTunes Match and iCloud music service (click here for more info) have only just begun, and according to Pocketlint, the new service may not be available for the UK market until early next year. The news comes from British newspaper The Telegraph that outlines this very topic.

A brief statement from an unnamed executive said, “Tentative talks have begun between the major labels and Apple in the UK. However, all talks are at the really early stages and no one expects to see the cloud music service live on this side of the pond until 2012.”

We know just how frustrated many UK Apple fans will be, with news that the US will have the iTunes Match service pushed out to them first with the rest of us unfortunately having to wait a little longer.

The performing rights society (PRS) that makes sure payments for music artists are all above board and legitimate has stated, “The licensing team at the PRS have started talks with Apple, but are a long way off from any deals being signed. It is very much the early stages of the negotiations and is similar to the launch of iTunes, which began in the US and took a while to roll out to other countries.”

From what we know so far, the new Match service will retail for $24.99 with a 20,000 listing of songs and will be released in America sometime later this year.

What are your thoughts on the UK delay? Are you happy to wait or feel disappointed?

  • Dave Edwards

    Meh. Having spent much of yesterday dealing with Apple’s current cloud offering – MobileMe – and its general flakiness, perhaps best Apple ‘test’ it on their US customer base before rolling out here or elsewhere.