iTunes Match Expands to New Countries

iTunes in the Cloud now available in Bulgaria and Portugal with movies

Apple has quietly opened iTunes Match to several new countries in northern Europe, including Finland, Denmark, Norway, and Sweden, according to a new report.

Citing tipsters on Twitter and its own reader base, MacRumors reveals that “iTunes users in Finland, Denmark, Norway, and Sweden now have access to the [iTunes Match] service.”

With iTunes Match, customers can store all their music in iCloud and then access that music from all their devices anywhere.

A subscription also eliminates all ads from iTunes Radio. The service matches your existing music to the iTunes library and always serves up the best sound quality available.

In Denmark, Sweden, and Norway, the service sells for 249 kr a year. In Finland, customers pay €24.99. US customers pay exactly the same in their respective currency ($24.99), while users in the United Kingdom must shell out £21.99 for an annual iTunes Match subscription.

According to the same sources, iTunes in the Cloud support (with movies) has also been expanded to additional countries. These include Bulgaria and Portugal.

According to Apple, “With iTunes in the Cloud, the music you buy from the iTunes Store automatically appears on all your devices. And for music you haven’t purchased from iTunes, iTunes Match is the perfect solution.”

Anyone with an Apple ID can use iTunes Match, as long as the service is supported in their respective territory.

Requirements include iTunes 10.5.1 or later on a Mac or Windows PC, and iOS 5.0.1 or newer on iPhone 3GS (or newer), iPod touch (3rd generation or newer), or any iPad that can handle iOS 5.

Users can match or upload formats like AAC, MP3, WAV, AIFF, Apple Lossless, and anything else that iTunes itself supports. iTunes Match supports up to 10 devices per one user account.

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