No iTunes in The Cloud for UK iTunes Users Until 2012!
We are sorry to say that there is a bad news for UK iTunes users due to constraints applied in Apple’s Music licensing agreements with top music labels; iTunes In The Cloud and iTunes Match would not be accessible by UK iTunes users until first quarter of 2012. It has been disclosed by a spokesman for the Performing Right Society, a UK-based association that represents composers, songwriters and music publishers.
The Telegraph just quotes what that spokesman said;
negotiations with Apple were in a “very early stage,” and that parties were “a long way off from any deals being signed.”
A music executive at a major UK record label said;
“no one expects to see the cloud music service live on this side of the pond until 2012.”
Vice president and research director at Forrester Research have also told The Telegraph;
“the UK arms of all the major record labels are biding their time and waiting to see how the service affects download sales in the US before they sign up to anything.”
This is not the first time that any Apple’s upcoming service is going to inaccessible in any region for a short period of time; When Apple launched its iTunes Music Store in the US back in 2003, it took almost 8 months to go international. So the iTunes fans in the UK should have to wait for Apple’s iTunes in the Cloud for about a year, unfortunate but unavoidable.