Apple is now in the process of setting up its new iTunes Match service for international customers, but according to reports, people outside the United States are now able to access its sign up page. Countries such as the United Kingdom and France seem to have access to iTunes Match’s sign up page, and other reports claim that it has appeared in Australia and Canada as well.
It seems to have some issues though, as reports say that users have been able to complete the service’s sign up process, but they don’t have access to the service yet. This leads to speculations that Apple may have accidentally launched the service in these countries.
The same “sign-in but no service” bug, however, appeared in the release of iTunes Match in Brazil earlier in the week, so these rumors may be false and the service is going live.
The service enables users to pay £21.99 per year in order for them to access their music library through Apple’s iCloud service. Instead of moving files between devices, users can use one account for up to 10 iOS devices including the iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch. They can use the service to access high-quality, DRM-free song files.
According to AppleInsider, analysts don’t expect the company to make too much profit out of the iTunes Match, but it is important for them to develop its system. Gene Munster, an analyst from Piper Juffray said that revenue from the service is “immaterial,” while revenue from the iTunes Music and App Stores will still drive the company.
via: Apple Insider