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.
Apple has released iTunes 10.5.1 and along with it, their paid music locker service in the U.S., iTunes Match. Coming after several extended betas, and past the previously announced October time frame, iTunes Match costs 24.99 a year and allows users to scan their iTunes libraries and either gain access to matching, 256kbps tracks from the iTunes Catalog, or upload their own, off-catalog tracks for access from any iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, or iTunes client on Mac or Windows.
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Make of this what you will, either the impending public launch of iTunes Match or just another step along the beta test path, but Apple has informed developers they'll be deleting all current iTunes Match libraries today.
Following up on the beta release of iOS 5.0.1 for developers, Apple has also released iTunes 10.5.2 beta, replacing the now timed-out iTunes 10.5.1 beta and allowing for continued testing of iTunes Match.
The Loop's Jim Dalrymple also noticed iTunes Match is now up and running on Apple TV.
Apple initially stated they would officially launch their iTunes Match service by the end of October. We previously heard they would be launching the service this past Saturday. Seeing as the developer beta expires today we are wondering whether or not we will see an official launch or developers will get another seed. As of this morning there was nothing new in the developer portal and nothing official has been announced or shown up as an update.
Apple has put "iTunes Match (Coming Soon)" placeholders up on iTunes in pretty much every country store we've checked, including the US, UK, and Canada, and the Music Settings in iOS 5 have just gotten an iTunes Match ON/OFF toggle, so... is iTunes Match about to go live? And if so, will it really go live everywhere?
While the general public gets their first taste of iTunes 10.5 today, Apple isn't wasting any time moving developers up to iTunes 10.5.1 beta. Like other recent betas, it includes iTunes Match functionality for further testing.
If you're a registered dev, grab it via the link below: