Yesterday, a spokesperson for the Performing Right Society told UK newspaper The Telegraph that music licensing agreements will delay the launch of iTunes in the Cloud and iTunes Match in the United Kingdom. They say that the licensing agreements have started, but are in a “very early stage” and “no one expects to see the cloud music service live on this side of the pond until 2012.” As you may know, those in the United States will get this feature this Fall when iOS 5 is released, so the UK launch date of these services will be delayed by a span of several months if this report is in fact true.
There is no exact date given, but Mark Mulligan from Forrester Research says that “Apple’s cloud music service will not launch in the UK until at least quarter one of 2012,” and that “these types of negotiations take a long time.”
Apple and Warner Music have refused to comment on the subject, while Universal, EMI, and Sony were unavailable for comment. Furthermore, the British Phonographic Industry, who represent the record industry in the United Kingdom, also refused to comment on “commercial negotiations about specific services prior to launch.” Only time will tell how long UK residents will have to wait, which hopefully won’t be too long.