Yesterday, Apple rolled out their iTunes Match service to several international countries. Very soon after that, however, users reported that the service failed to function properly. Apple responded by yanking iTunes Match, claiming that it had rolled out its international launch of the service earlier than it had intended.
While Apple announced that it would be offering refunds to the affected customers, the service is already functioning again in several international countries including the United Kingdom, Canada, and Australia. The service appears to be working properly, as international users are now able to match their songs with iCloud.
iTunes Match stores your music library in iCloud and allows you to enjoy your collection from anywhere, any time, on your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, or computer. Any of your songs, including music you’ve imported from CDs, that matches with the 18 million songs in the iTunes Store will become available in iCloud and will play back at iTunes Plus quality (256 Kbps DRM-free AAC) — even if your original was of a lower quality.