iCloud was one of three big announcements from Apple at WWDC this week (Lion and iOS 5 being the other two), but there could be some wait for those eager to launch their music libraries into the cloud.
Our transatlantic friends are expected to be able to take advantage of iTunes Match – which scans users’ libraries for tracks available from iTunes in order to minimise uploads – come September, however it could be several months before we see the service in the UK.
A spokesman for the Performing Rights Society 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.”
An anonymous UK music exec concurred with that notion, adding: “Tentative talks have begun between the major labels and Apple in the UK. However, all talks are at the really early stages and no one expects to see the cloud music service live on this side of the pond until 2012.”
And if your hopes weren’t properly dashed yet, here comes Forrester’s Mark Mulligan: “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.”
Photos and documents and junk won’t be subject to the same licensing restrictions, so presumably we’ll still see that functionality later in the year. Maybe.