iTunes Match To Hit Canada and Other Countries ‘Before the End of the Year’


We first reported iTunes Match would be arriving in Canada shortly after the US launch, as revealed in an email from Apple’s VP of Internet Services, Eddy Cue.

Today at Apple’s ‘Let’s Talk iPhone’ media event, in his coverage of iCloud, Eddy confirmed iTunes Match will arrive in the U.S. at the end of October. For the rest of the world? He had this to say:

…and we’re working very hard to add additional countries before the end of the year.

iTunes Match is an annual service that will match your music library for $25 annually. iTunes Match Beta was released to U.S. developers in August, and Apple was rumoured to have last minute negotiations to include other countries on launch.


  • Ryan

    …and here we are again with another INCREDIBLY MISLEADING, MADE-UP HEADLINE.

    Where are you reading Canada in that quote? Where do you even see that they’ve stated they WILL be adding ANY countries before the end of the year? If they’re “working hard” to add “additional countries” before the end of the year, that means they’d really like to, and they’re doing their best to persuade the record companies, but it’s out of their hands. In the past, the big Evil Music Industry in Canada has seemed to be one of the most difficult to convince of stuff like this, as evidenced by the amount of time it took for the Canadian iTunes store to appear after the US store did. So while it would be nice and I’m hopeful, and apparently so is Apple, none of that means anything. It’s all up to the record companies. Stop reporting stuff like it’s happening when there’s no proof.

  • Ernie Gorrie

    The Conservative government’s proposed digital copyright legislation may be an insurmountable block to this iOS service. The cloud based serive will not require users to demonstrate that they have purchased the music and that they have not disabled any digital locks. Unlike the US legislation, the Tories want to make it illegal to break a digital lock. Canadians who want this iOS 5 feature and to protect their rights for other digital products they purchase should urge the Conservatives to amend this legislation that takes away consumer rights.

  • Rob of the North

    US Millennium Copyright Act made it illegal to break digital locks in 2000. The U.S. has been hounding the Canadian government for 10+ years to get us to add that clause. 

    The ability to prove you’ve purchased the music is irrelevant to the iTunes in the Cloud discussion. It only gives you access to media you’ve purchased in iTunes. The issue is just if Apple can re-negotiate the licensing with the music industry to allow re-download of a track (currently not allowed).

    The iTunes Match service will have to deal with copyright, but again, you’re going to pay Apple $25 a year for them to negotiate a license that gives you access to whatever you have on your hard drive regardless of how you obtained it.

    In either case, existing or pending copyright legislation doesn’t really have anything to do with it – it’s all about a licensing arrangement between Apple and the music industry in Canada.