iTunes Match beta once again open to US developers

Apple has once again opened the beta doors to its music locker service, iTunes Match, for US developers. To get in, you'll need the latest iTunes 10.5 beta 8 and a US iTunes account associated to a US credit card (sorry international devs, no gift cert'ing your way into this one.)

Devs who do make it in (and it looks like some are having trouble at the moment) will have to pony up the $24.99 annual subscription fee for iTunes Match, and are warned up front their libraries will be deleted at the end of the beta period. So remember, it's not really early access, it's beta.

iTunes Match, part of iCloud, is expected to launch for everyone this October alongside iOS 5.