iTunes in the Cloud Won’t Enter the U.K. Until At Least 2012

iTunes in the Cloud Won’t Enter the U.K. Until At Least 2012

While the iTunes in the Cloud and iTunes Match features unveiled at WWDC this week have since been the center of attention for user in the U.S., users across the pond in the U.K. are still wondering when these features may be available to them. According to record label executives and music analysts, us Brits won’t get our hands on them until at least 2012.

A spokesman for the Performing Right Society, a U.K.-based organisation which ensures composers, songwriters and music publishers are paid for their work, told The Telegraph that negotiations with Apple regarding music services in the U.K. has started, but were still at a “very early stage.”

The licensing team at the PRS have started talks with Apple, but are a long way off from any deals being signed…It is very much the early stages of the negotiations and is similar to the launch of iTunes – which began in the US and took a while to roll out to other countries.

A music executive at one major label, who was unnamed, said:

Tentative talks have begun between the major labels and Apple in the UK. However, all talks are at the really early stages and no one expects to see the cloud music service live on this side of the pond until 2012.

While it’s great to hear negotiations are already underway to bring iTunes cloud services to the U.K., could they have been started earlier? British labels may not be as keen to sign up to the service as those in the U.S.: Mike Mulligan, vice president and research director at Forrester Research, said that the U.K. arms of all the major labels will want to see how successful these services are in the U.S. first:

Apple’s cloud music service will not launch in the UK until at least quarter one of 2012. These types of negotiations take a long time… For one thing 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.

While it may seem like a painful wait for those outside the U.S., this isn’t the first we’ve had to sit patiently while iTunes services have rolled out internationally. When the iTunes Music Store first launched in the U.S. in October 2003, it took 8 months for the service to appear in France, Germany and the U.K., with the rest of Europe joining a further 4 months later.

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  • YBartolovic

    I’m in Australia and it’s absolutely pointless downloading 10.3.1. No cloud, no nothing.

  • Brian Parker

    I’m in Luxembourg and we don’t even have TV or Film downloads from iTunes yet! Despite many polite responses from Apple support I don’t see the situation improving for such a small market.

    I’m afraid it’s impossible to get even slightly excited by any of this cloud business – When they build a datacentre in Koln perhaps?

  • Macralod

    What can you say?… in Poland we even don’t have iTunes Store. :-(

  • Peeved

    Asshats. Welcome to the 19th century Labels… Where the global economy is just sailboat ride away. 
    And Apple isn’t smelling like roses either I might add. 

  • Thomas

    It’s so retarded…

    The Internet should be without old school country borders. I know it’s a matter of licenses and all that, I just wonder when smaller countries see the light?

    They are so affraid of losing money that they get burocratic, slow and not able to operate in a modern world. The modern users from those smaller countries do not wait for these burocrats to get their fingers out of their #€%€#, they find other ways to obtain similar online experiences as their fellow americans are enjoying.

    Some of these methodes are legal, others are shady and the rest are illegal. But all of them are almost 100% not bringing any cash to the small countries.

    Just stupid…

  • ADimensionOfMind

    There’s nothing ‘Great’ in Great Britain any more.  : (

  • bigmonkeynuts

    The UK Apple store now has a icloud page and states that it will be in the UK this Autumn. It seems suprising that they would say that if its not happening this year!

  • Peter Chloupek

    there is worse…here in Belgian we can´t even get the Apple TV…

  • Me

    If ever! Here in Portugal the music service launched years after the US, and we still don’t have access to the video part of the store – and I’m guessing we’ll never will. So, so much for iTunes in the cloud for us, I guess.
    The thing is: if I’ve already bought my music, why can’t I sync it via the “cloud” with my gadgets? Why do the labels think that the only way to do it is through my USB cable? That’s just idiotic (yes, we can’t also access the part of the service that let’s me sync my purchased music; I’m not talking about iTunes Match).

  • Thomas

    Agree.. even your army won’t get Danish bacon anymore :D

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