On Monday, Apple announced in the keynote of WWDC that iTunes was finally destined for the clouds, effectively ending what once felt like an eternal wait for this much-anticipated cloud-based service. Unfortunately for our friends in the UK, however, it appears the wait is far from over.
According to the UK Telegraph, Apple’s cloud music service won't make its way across the pond and to UK-based iTunes users until 2012 at the very earliest. That's according to record label sources and music analysts who've spoken with the British publication this week. The reason? It's all about music rights and royalties.
A spokesman for the Performing Right Society (PRS), which ensures that composers, songwriters and music publishers are paid for their work, told The Telegraph, that negotiations with Apple about ensuring rights in the UK had started but were at a “very early stage.”
An anonymous record label executive would only tell the publication that the cloud music service all but certainly won't go live in the UK until the end of the first quarter of 2012.
Source: UK Telegraph