UK iTunes in iCloud Delayed Until 2012
As you are probably aware during WWDC 2011 Steve Jobs unveiled Apple’s music storage service iCloud, and the music part of iCloud is due to roll out in the US by September, however iOS users over here in the United Kingdom will have a bit of a wait before they can user Apple iTunes in iCloud service.
According to an article over on MacRumors, The Telegraph is reporting that the UK will not get the music storage part of Apple’s iCloud until Q1 of 2012 apparently because of music licensing agreements.
A Performing Right Society spokesperson told The Telegraph…“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.”
Apparently other countries will also face a similar wait for iTunes in the cloud just like when iTunes was first launched by Apple.
Forester Research VP and research director, Mark Mulligan has said, “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.”
So there you have it, for those iPhone and Apple iPad faithful in the UK, you still have quite a wait before you can use Apple’s latest piece of tech.