iTunes Match Launches in 19 New Countries: Latin America, Baltics, Netherlands

itunes match 500x314Earlier today, we noted that iTunes Match had begun going live in Netherlands, following last week's news of an agreement between Apple and Dutch copyright oversight group Buma/Stemra.

But as Apple now details on its iTunes Match availability page, the service actually launched in 19 new countries today, focusing on Latin America, the Baltic states, and the Netherlands.

The full list of new markets includes Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Estonia, Guatemala, Honduras, Latvia, Lithuania, Netherlands, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, and Venezuela.

Today's additions bring the total number of countries with iTunes Match availability to 37, with Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, and the Netherlands also gaining iTunes in the Cloud compatibility with music and music videos for the first time.

The Latin American countries seeing iTunes Match debut today already had the iTunes in the Cloud functionality, which allows users to re-download purchased content any number of times to devices associated with their iTunes Store accounts.

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r.j.s Avatar
158 months ago
Why is this on page one while the other one is in iOS page (2), should have been both in iOS Blog.

Why would this be in iOS blog? It is about iTunes, not iOS.
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rstansby Avatar
158 months ago

There is a storage limit based on number of songs. But iTunes Match will subtract any songs that are already know in the iTunes database. The remaining portion of songs should be less than 25 000.

WRONG!
The songs you have purchased from iTuned don't count towards the 25,000. All other songs do (regardless of whether apple has them in their database.
Score: 2 Votes (Like | Disagree)
om1 Avatar
158 months ago
Don't even bother with this service. Match will never successfully match all of your songs, even if your whole library is ripped from CD. You'll then spend hours, days, maybe even weeks downloading as many different sources of certain tracks just to get the thing to match it properly.

Most of my CDs for example have many tracks that werent matched, purely because on the CD, the tracks are correctly split, where as on itunes, Apple have decided that they need merging before they are suitable to be added to the store.

And then even if everything is correct, i.e. track name / length / artist etc, then you need to pray to the gods that it actually does match.

After a week and a half of hard work, I've managed to get it from 1000+ unmatched songs down to about 77. The remaining 77 are proving impossible to match.

Why? If they do not match, just upload them and be done with it.
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Ballis Avatar
158 months ago
Bah. Still nothing in Scandinavia :-(
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WildCowboy Avatar
158 months ago
Why is this on page one while the other one is in iOS page (2), should have been both in iOS Blog.

19 countries > 1 country

Apple more than doubled the number of countries with iTunes Match support.
Score: 2 Votes (Like | Disagree)
striker33 Avatar
157 months ago
Don't you understand? You're now supposed buy the remaining 77 tracks from the iTunes Store™...

I see no reason to when I have my signed Take To The Skies - Enter Shikari CD sitting here. Just because Apple decided that they wanted to merge tracks to make their version unique doesnt mean i have to pay twice.

Apple suck.
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