If you are like me and spent hours ensuring your album and track artwork is all in order in iTunes only to find that when you subscribed to iTunes Match it all went haywire, you are not alone. I signed up for iTunes Match last week when the international launch went live. I uploaded all of my music only to find that the album artwork showed up fine in album view but only the first track of each album showed any artwork, all of the other tracks had missing artwork.
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iTunes Match seems to be going live internationally right now -- and for real this time, not like yesterday. International iTunes users are now once again getting the sign up page for the iTunes Match. Folks in Canada, Ireland, Mexico, Australia, France, New Zealand and various other regions are reporting successful signs ups for the service.
Not everyone has been successful though. If you're having trouble:
Last week an iTunes TV show menu suddenly started showing up on international Apple TVs, didn't work, and subsequently disappeared. This week iTunes Match suddenly started showing up for international iTunes users, didn't work, and Apple subsequently offered refunds to those who'd tried to purchase it.
Apple has updated iTunes to version 10.5.2, fixing an audio distortion issue when playing or importing specific CD types as well as adding improvements to its iTunes Match service.
What’s new in iTunes 10.5.2
iTunes 10.5.2 includes several improvements for iTunes Match and fixes an audio distortion problem when playing or importing certain CDs.
Apple has been vague on the improvements included to their iTunes Match service, so let us know if you see any specific changes in the comments. You can grab the update from the Apple Software Update Utility or as a direct download from the website.
MacWorld's Jason Snell has written up a quick way to force your local Windows or Mac iTunes library to upgrade all your songs to the 256kbps iTunes Match versions. If you're still syncing your iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad to iTunes via USB or via the new Wi-Fi sync, it's a quick way to get them on your device(s) as well.
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So you've subscribed to iTunes Match. Now you need to set up your iOS devices to use it. It's just as simple as subscribing was. Just a few ticks and clicks and you'll be on your way to iCloud music goodness!
Apple just recently launched their iTunes Match service for users in the United States. Subscribing to the service is just about as easy as making an App Store or iTunes music purchase. Once you're all set up you'll be able to access your iTunes library via iCloud from devices such as your AppleTV without physically having a computer to stream from.