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Apple seeks international licensing for iTunes Match, iCloud


According to a report from CNET, Apple is actively negotiating with music labels to secure international licensing for both iTunes Match and iCloud. Currently, iTunes Match only functions for US-based developers; iTunes in the Cloud, which auto-syncs purchases across devices, is also a US-only affair. CNET believes the service may be able to roll out internationally and debut at Apple's October 4 press event if negotiations can be completed in time.

CNET's sources have said the service may roll out to the UK, France, and Germany initially. Hopefully it won't take too much longer for licensing deals to enable service across all nations with access to the iTunes Store.

iCloud and iTunes Match are both expected to debut this fall, possibly soon after Apple's media event next week. The services will likely launch alongside the public release of iOS 5 and OS X Lion 10.7.2.

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