iTunes Match Blocking New Registrations Due to "Overwhelming Demand"


iTunes Match, which just launched to the public today, is temporarily blocking new registrations due to excessive demand [h/t Gizmodo].

After postponing its launch for months, Apple finally released its $24.99 per year music service with the release of iTunes 10.5.1.
LAUNCH editors were able to subscribe before iTunes Match started blocking new registrations. Considering how long it takes to match your library with songs in the iTunes Store -- at least an hour for 5K songs -- it's no wonder why the service is overwhelmed.

We would think that with the iOS 5 fiasco, in which activation servers couldn't handle all of the software updates, and even turned some phones into bricks, Apple would be better prepared for the launch of the much-anticipated iTunes Match.