The chances of Apple users in the UK getting iTunes in the Cloud or iTunes Match this year look pretty slim, as there are fresh reports that this service will be delayed until early 2012. The reason for this delay is due to the fact that talks between Apple and the Performing Right Society are still in the early stages, which is a huge blow for those in Britain waiting to use the service.
This is yet another sign that the UK always seems the last to get such a service, which always seems to be down to red tape. iCloud is still due to launch in the U.S. in September, which is when we expect to see iOS 5 released, along with the iPhone 5 as well. However, no specific date has been set for any yet.
The Telegraph has spoken to a spokesperson for PRS, and it seems that we are in the same situation as we were when iTunes first launched in the U.S back in 2003. Back then the service did not make it to the UK until a little later due to the same reason that we face now. One would have assumed that talks would have taken place at the same time as they did in the U.S.
This latest update to iTunes is seen as the biggest step yet, as it will utilize Cloud storage so that users can gain access to their purchased music much easier than ever before. However, the best feature for us has to be iTunes Match, as it means that you will not have to spend hours at a time to rip your own CDs onto your computer to then sync with your device. More details on this can be found in our previous post from when it was first announced during WWDC 2011.