Apple Rolling Out New iTunes Terms Ahead of International iTunes Match Debut [Updated]
Yesterday, we noted that iTunes Match was appearing to go live in a number of countries around the world, with users being able to sign up for the service in their local currencies but reporting that the feature was not yet functioning properly. The rollout appears to have been premature, as Apple has been refunding early customers and notifying them that the service is currently available only in the United States and Brazil.
Apple now appears, however, to moving closer to an official launch in a number of countries, as users are beginning to report that they are being prompted to accept new iTunes Store Terms and Conditions addressing iTunes Match legalities today.
The changes we have made to the terms and conditions include the following:
- Notification of an additional type of previously-purchased content that may be subsequently downloaded to certain computers and devices as an accommodation to you, subject to existing association rules; and that such content may be played back on certain devices that are not subject to existing association rules, with limitations;
- New terms have been added that govern your use of iTunes Match, whereby you may pay a subscription fee to access certain content remotely, subject to existing association rules and usage rules, and explain that such content may be accessed on certain devices that are not subject to existing association rules, with limitations; and
- New terms have been added that explain that use of iTunes Match requires collection of certain information from your iTunes library which shall be associated with your Account.
So far we've seen reports of the new conditions rolling out in Canada and the UK.
iTunes Match debuted in the United States in mid-November and expanded to Brazil earlier this week as part of a broader Latin American expansion for iTunes Store music and movie content.
Update: We've also received reports of the new terms and conditions going live in Germany and the Czech Republic. In addition, the "iTunes Match" link on the front page of the iTunes Store has now gone live in Canada and the UK.
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