Apple releases iTunes Match beta to developers

Apple releases iTunes Match beta to developers

Apple has sent out an email to developers advising them that Apple's music locker service, iTunes Match, is now in beta.

iTunes Match stores your complete music library in iCloud, allowing you to enjoy your collection anywhere, anytime, on any iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, or computer. iTunes Match beta is currently available to developers in the United States. Beta subscribers will receive iTunes Match service during the beta period plus an additional 3 months for free with their 12 month paid subscription.

To get started with iTunes Match, download the current version of iOS 5 beta and iTunes 10.5 beta 6.1 with iTunes Match. Once installed, choose Turn On iTunes Match from the Store menu, and click "Subscribe for $24.99."

Please note that you must maintain a local backup of your iTunes library as well as any music you add to iCloud. Apple will periodically reset your iCloud library during the beta and it is critical that you backup your music regularly. Some features and optimizations of iTunes Match will not be available during the beta.

If anyone tries it out, let us know what you think of it, especially how it compares to competing services like Amazon Cloud Locker and Google Music Beta.

[Thanks W!]

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USMC Ron says:

Mine is stuck in the sync

Tash Wahid says:

Its not stuck. It goes from step 1 to step 2 back to step 1. Basically its waiting for apple's servers to do the matching. Depending on the number of songs and traffic it could take some time. I have 1100+ songs and it took about an hour to go from step 1 to step 2 to step 1 to step 2......

ericg1840 says:

Will this sync up songs that I have on my iPod classic that I dont have stored locally on my computer?

Glenn says:

To anyone wondering, there's a note: "iTunes Match beta is currently available to developers in the United States."

ChevRonBurgandy says:

stuck in sync mode.....eventually times out.

Tash Wahid says:

I matched about 30 percent of my songs. The rest is being uploaded.

ken says:

BULL! GO AWAY SCHEMER!