Apple has begun launching iTunes Match in several countries, including France, the U.K., Australia and New Zealand.
I resisted signing up for iTunes Match until last week. Now I’m thrilled that I did, as music that I’ve lost has been restored and there’s no need to do a time-consuming transfer from my old Mac. If you haven’t spend the $25, I encourage you to think about it. iTunes Match is a very nice service.
Update: Not so fast, bub. On Thursday morning, Apple is telling customers outside the US and Brazil that iTunes Match “will not function.” According to Gigo Om, users are able to click through the sign-up page but they can’t initiate the service.
If you signed up early and want a refund while the service is non-functional, contact Apple. According to at least one Twitter user, the company has begun issuing refunds.
Update II: It’s live for real this time.