No 'iTunes In The Cloud' for United Kingdom Until 2012

iTunes LogoMusic licensing agreements will keep iTunes In The Cloud and iTunes Match out of the hands of UK iTunes users until "at least" the first quarter of next year according to a spokesman for the Performing Right Society, a UK-based organization that represents composers, songwriters and music publishers in that country.

Quoted in The Telegraph, 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 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."

The wait for iTunes In The Cloud will be similar in other international countries. For comparison, it took 8 months for the iTunes Music Store to go international after it launched in the United States in October 2003. iTunes Stores in France, Germany and the United Kingdom opened in June 2004 with a further EU expansion following in October of that year.

Top Rated Comments

yetanotherdave Avatar
135 months ago
OMG SOMEONE IN A DIFFERENT GEOGRAPHICAL LOCATION WANTS TO LISTEN TO MUSIC! STOP THEM!

These are the same companies that have signed the deal in the US. It's this sort of crap that got the record companies in the position they're in. The US gets stuff 6 months to a year before the rest of the world, or course people download stuff illegally, they want to see it before the spoilers are all over the internet! There's no logic in not being able to watch or listen to something because of a border.
Score: 32 Votes (Like | Disagree)
scottparker999 Avatar
135 months ago
...let the "this is such BS" etc. rants from the Europeans start...

And rightly so? Why can't apple negotiate in several countries concurrently?
Score: 23 Votes (Like | Disagree)
stevearm Avatar
135 months ago
...let the "this is such BS" etc. rants from the Europeans start...

You expect Europeans to just smile at this news? :rolleyes:
Score: 15 Votes (Like | Disagree)
aegisdesign Avatar
135 months ago
Lame indeed. Once again the UK lags behind everyone in just about everything. Glad I emigrated.

We who remain are too. :D
Score: 9 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Kebabselector Avatar
135 months ago
Then again the labels can be picky swines

Pretty much sums up the UK record industry.
Score: 9 Votes (Like | Disagree)
unlinked Avatar
135 months ago


Europeans complain too much. Do you see Americans bitching about not having spotify? Not so much. Why? Because in America we don't have the same feeling of entitlement that has been plaguing Europe for decades, although it's a growing problem in the states too, to a much lesser extent.

I have seen plenty of Americans complaining about the cheap drugs in Canada and more than plenty of American software developers complaining about cheap Indian devs.
Score: 8 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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