Apple Working on International iCloud Music Rights for October 4th?

icloud icon apple 1CNet reports that Apple is actively trying to lock down worldwide cloud-music rights for a possible October 4th launch.

Sources familiar with the discussions between Apple, record companies, and music publishers, say Apple is seeking international music licenses for its iCloud service. The licenses would be similar to those the company has already obtained for U.S. operations, the sources said.

CNet believes if the negotiations wrap up in time, they could be part of Apple's October 4th media event where the company is expected to launch the next generation iPhone. Deals are reportedly close but "nothing is signed".

Apple's iCloud service offers a number of different backup and syncing services over the air. In particular, they allow users to re-download previously purchased music. And with the addition of iTunes Match, allow users to match and store all their music in the cloud. Amongst the countries that could see iCloud agreements are Germany, France and the UK.

Previous estimates had pegged UK support to be delayed until 2012.

Top Rated Comments

peterdevries Avatar
165 months ago
first we get movies in europe, and now we get this? love it!
They need to kill regional license deals with fire! We finally have the iTunes movie store here now (Netherlands), and the purchase of an HD movie in iTunes (720p remember) is $5 more expensive than buying the bluray (1080p) in the store. Why would I buy a digital file if I can have the same (or even better) for less money and not have the fuss of making backups etc. to protect my digital purchase?

I think these media producers need a little bit of education about elasticity.
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Peace Avatar
165 months ago
I just wonder about pricing; the local Apple site used to say that iTunes Match will cost US$24.99/year, and now it doesn't mention pricing at all. I suspect that Apple's going to charge more than the previously-announced price :(

No they won't. I've already been charged because of the beta. I dont think Apple would increase it. That would make some devs angry.
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singhjeet29 Avatar
165 months ago
... and Canada?
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adildacoolset Avatar
165 months ago
Do it quickly!
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Ballis Avatar
165 months ago
first we get movies in europe, and now we get this? love it!
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Phil A. Avatar
165 months ago
I hope they do get it sorted - as it stands at the moment, iCloud outside the USA is very much a second class citizen!
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