I'm a little concerned at this point though. iTunes Match gathered information about my iTunes library, then began matching my music with songs in the iTunes Store. Now it's onto uploading the songs in my iTunes library that apparently are not in the iTunes store. My concern is that out of the 7,505 songs I have in my iTunes library, iTunes Match says it could only find 1,531 of them. So right now it's uploading 5,905 songs from my iTunes library!
That means that iTunes Match could only "match" about 20% of the music I have. Admittedly a majority of my iTunes library consists of music that I've ripped from CD's, however a majority of that is really mainstream music that I'm almost certain can be found in the iTunes Store (although I'm not going to spend the hours and hours it would take to confirm that). So I'm going to let it continue to upload...even at the high upload broadband speed I have it will take a few hours. Then I'm going to have a look and see if I can figure out why it couldn't find 80% of my library! If it is glitchy (not saying it is at this point) then by the time you get it in the UK it should be ironed out.
As you recall I enabled iTunes Match on my iPad and once again, it turned it off later - that was yesterday. So after signing up for iTunes match in iTunes on my computer I enabled iTunes Match on my iPad. This time a pop-up said "iTunes Match will replace the music library on this device" with an "Enable" or "Cancel" button. I enabled it. I opened the Music App on my iPad a little bit ago and it was empty...didn't respond at all. Presumably this is because it's still "matching" as it were, so we''ll see how it goes.
It's always fun to be a "beta tester".