As reported on a number of other international sites today iTunes Match (the service that makes your entire iTunes music library available in the cloud) has been coming on and offline for most of the day for countries outside the U.S.
We have just taken a look ourselves and it would appear that whilst it is accessible to New Zealand we may be having the same issues as well. It’s possible that it going live is just a mistake or it could be that the servers are getting hammered. Either way at the moment even though we get a confirmation email to say we have subscribed it is erroring and asking us to sign out and in again. Once you have done that and you go back to your account it does say that you have a subscription and it will expire in a years time, but as yet I cannot get to the iTunes Match tab to actually use the service.
It could be possible that I’ll get a refund in a few days, or it could be that suddenly iTunes Match will appear, who knows.
If you want to try it for yourself click on your account name on the top right of iTunes and you will see a “Learn More” button next to iTunes Match. Once you click that you will be taken to the screen above to make your purchase.
As you can see it will set you back $39.99 for the year to be able to access all your music in pristine 256kpbs, whether you purchased it via iTunes or not, on all of your devices. Worth it? we’ll see.
Let us know how you got on in the comments below and whether you think this is a worthwhile service.
If you have gone to your account and still can’t see it here is the direct link to open the page in iTunes.
UPDATE: It looks like this was a mistake after all. As of this morning, iTunes Match appears to have disappeared as an option for New Zealand accounts and MacRumors are reporting that Apple are now refunding those who have made purchases outside of the US and Brazil which remain the only two territories where the service is officially available. It’s still unclear as to whether refunds will be automated but if you’ve made a purchase we’d suggest getting in touch with iTunes Support to request one.