Nearly three months after rolling the service out in Greece, Austria, Portugal, and Italy, Apple has begun pushing iTunes Match live in Hungary and Poland, offering its cloud-based media platform to more users in Europe.
9to5mac spotted the launch, noting Apple has yet to add the two additional countries to its iTunes Match Availability support page. However, users in both countries have been taking to Twitter to share that the service is live and Apple has updated the iTunes terms of service to include the new feature.
— Benke Zsolt (@wyctim) July 19, 2012
If you’re unaware of iTunes Match, it’s a cloud-based synchronisation service that Apple unveiled as part of its new iCloud platform. With a compatible version of iTunes, the software will scan your library for songs that match Apple’s database.
If iTunes Match finds any of your songs in their database, and they are better quality, it will ‘upgrade’ them for free to a 256Kbps DRM-free AAC file.
iTunes Match costs 24.99 euros in Hungary, mirroring pricing across Europe.
With the addition of Hungary and Poland, iTunes Match is now available in 57 countries. We haven’t heard of any reports of the service launching in any other countries but will update should we see more.