The iTunes Match service first debuted in November, 2011, being initially available to US users only. Since then, the service has been gradually rolled out to users from other countries, now being available in 117 countries. For those who donâ€™t, by using this service, Apples customers can scan and match tracks in their iTunes music library, including tracks copied from CDs or other sources, with tracks in the iTunes Store. This way, they donâ€™t have to repurchase the tracks that they already own. Here are some features of this service:
After a long wait, Apple is now expanding its iTunes Match service to Japan, and it will costs 3,980 yen per year, which is roughly $39. For comparison, iTunes Match is $25 per year in the U.S. Thus, iTunes users from Japan will now be able to match their existing iTunes libraries with high quality versions of songs from Appleâ€™s iCloud. Their content will be available in iCloud and can be accessed from any device. The most recent countries where iTunes Match was introduced Finland, Denmark, Norway and Sweden - last December. Apple launched its iTunes Radio music streaming service in Australia in February.