After missing its initial October launch date, iTunes Match finally went live yesterday, but only for those in the United States. Users in other territories are left waiting for the music matching service, with no indication of when its international rollout may begin.
Those in the U.K. may be the next to get the service, according to a CNET report, but it won’t arrive until at least the start of 2012.
Apple did promise at its iPhone 4S unveiling that its new $25-per-year music service would hit territories outside of the U.S. by the end of this year. But having missed its October launch date in the U.S., CNET speculates that other countries will have to wait until 2012:
It went live today in the US only, but Apple said at its iPhone 4S event last month it was working hard to bring the service to other countries before the end of the year. Though considering Match was promised for the US before the end of October, we don’t think we’ll be seeing it until 2012.
While this is purely speculation at this point, it certainly seems as though iTunes Match will remain a U.S.-only service until at least next year.