Apple has added six new countries to the iTunes Match list, customers are reporting. iTunes Match is now available in Italy, Greece, Portugal, Austria, Bulgaria and Slovenia.A paid service enabling iTunes users to upload their libraries to iCloud making their music available across all supported devices, iTunes Match upgrades a user’s songs to a higher-quality version when available.
In addition to music matching, iCloud also allows accessing and re-downloading music to a registered iOS device and desktop computer.
Customers looking to hop aboard must refresh the iTunes Store on their computer, sign up for iTunes Match and have their libraries scanned for uploading to the cloud.
The table posted by Apple here shows you what types of purchases you can download again in each country. The document is yet to be updated with the newly supported countries.
Apple explains in a separate tech-note that “iTunes Match is a feature of iTunes in the Cloud that allows you to access your personal music library from any authorized computer with iTunes 10.5.1 or later installed or any iOS 5.0.1 or later device with an active Internet connection.”
“iTunes Match requires an annual subscription of $24.99 a year,” Apple states. The fee translates into about 18 EUR.
“Your subscription will automatically renew at the end of your subscription,” the Mac maker continues. “Once you have subscribed to iTunes Match and matched or uploaded your eligible music, you will be able to access your music in iCloud directly from within your iTunes Music library, or the Music Player app on your iOS 5 device.”
When customers subscribe to or enable iTunes Match, their device or computer will be associated with their Apple ID, which allows them to have up to 10 devices and computers (combined) associated with it.
The iTunes Match minimum system requirements are: Mac OS X v10.6.8 or later; Windows Vista or later; iTunes 10.5.1 or later; iOS 5 or later on iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPhone 4S iPod touch (3rd and 4th generation), iPad, or iPad 2.