Apple: iTunes Match to Launch in Canada Shortly After US Debut

Our previous post referred to Tim Cook answering emails from customers just like Steve Jobs used to do. reader Sheldon did just that, and sent the following email to Tim Cook:

Greetings from Toronto!


I’m curious to know if there have been any significant developments regarding iTunes Match for the Canadian market.



Rather than Tim Cook responding, Eddy Cue, Apple’s VP of Internet Services responded with the following, confirming iTunes Match will launch in Canada shortly after the US debut:

Hi Sheldon,

We’re working on adding Canada and hope to do so shortly after the US launch.


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iTunes Match was announced at this year’s WWDC by Steve Jobs. iTunes Match Beta was recently launched in limited capacity for testing by U.S. developers. Streaming of songs from an iOS device was demonstrated by InsanelyGreatMac, although more is still yet to be known about this feature. For $25 annually, users will be able to have up to 25,000 songs from their MP3 library ‘matched’ by iTunes Match:

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  • I’ll definitely give it a shot for a year for $25

  • I’ll definitely give it a shot for a year for $25

  • Canadas laws get in the way… something about streaming blah blah bs crap… Its always been this way in Canada… if its a sreaming service you have to pay for then its not going to be available in Canada and if it is, it becomes very limited. ie: facebook music, google music, etc… If apple can get iTunes match in canada then props to them but im almost certain that the Streaming portion of the service will be removed.

  • Gue

    WTF is wrong with this country! We want iTunes match NOW. 

  • Jaugwim

    Anyone know of a work-around – like maybe spoof your iTunes in Canada to think it is in the US (maybe through service like UnblockUS, etc.)?