itunes match japan

Apple continues its international expansion of iTunes services this afternoon, with the launch of iTunes Match in Japan. iOS users in the country can now access the service, which first launched in the United States back in 2011.

For those unfamiliar with the service, iTunes Match allows users to ‘mirror’ their music libraries to the cloud. This enables them to access their songs from any compatible device, without having to spend hours uploading them…

MacRumors reports:

Apple is expanding its iTunes Match service to Japan, according to a MacRumors tipster and the company’s iTunes Match availability website. The service, which costs ¥3,980 per year, allows iTunes users to match their existing iTunes libraries with high quality versions of songs from Apple’s iCloud.

iTunes Match runs $25 per year in the US, and gives users unlimited skips in iTunes Radio (which isn’t available in many countries yet). The last time it expanded the service was in December, to Finland, Norway and other countries.

Earlier today, the company rolled out TV show and movie support for iTunes in the Cloud users in Germany.

  • Payaso

    If I have japanese music and an US iTunes account, does iTunes match stream and allow me to download japanese music in high quality, keeping in mind that news?

  • Darren

    I wish they wouldn’t have neglected iTunes Match like they did. It takes hours for one album to successfully process through iTunes Match these days -.-

    • ✪ aidan harris ✪

      It doesn’t take that long for me. If it takes a long time then it probably means you have a shedload of music that either isn’t on the iTunes Store (which means it needs to be manually uploaded which would by its very nature be slow since every single ISP in the world has useless upload speeds) or music that is on the AppStore but can’t be matched properly for whatever reason…

      • Darren

        I have just over 8k songs. It hangs up at “Sending information to Apple…” for hours, and sometimes fails and restarts. I rarely ever have songs that need uploading. It’s a common issue in the Apple Support Communities.

  • crAppleKilla

    Oh sweet, now it will take even LONGER to run songs thru iTunes Match. Thanks crApple!! *facepalm*

  • johnny_fy

    Am I missing something? I don’t get unlimited skips….iTunes Radio has no ads with iTunes Match but not unlimited skips.

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  • Darren

    I don’t see why that would be it, cause it’s literally every time I add new albums or songs to iTunes, whether it be MP3 downloads or CD imports. I get error messages often too. And other people do have this issue, there’s a multiple-paged support thread on Apple’s website about the issue.

  • naomumu

    i’m japanese
    yes! finally