As it has been speculated from the last few days, Apple has today released iTunes 10.5.1 to general public. With this release of iTunes Apple has also made its new iTunes Match service available to everyone. Previously Apple had been testing it with registered developers from the last few months and it was supposed to become available in October of this year, but was delayed due to unknown issues. iTunes 10.5.1 and iTunes Match is now available for download and you can began using these by downloading the latest version of iTunes from here.
What is iTunes Match?
iTunes Match is an online service by Apple that syncs a user’s music library to iCloud and hosts it on Apple’s servers so that the user can access it from anywhere in the world. Unlimited songs can be synced with iTunes Match and it costs $24.99 a year.
How it works?
Apple describes the working of its iTunes Match service as following
Here’s how it works: iTunes determines which songs in your collection are available in the iTunes Store. Any music with a match is automatically added to iCloud for you to listen to anytime, on any device. Since there are more than 20 million songs in the iTunes Store, chances are, your music is already in iCloud. And for the few songs that aren’t, iTunes has to upload only what it can’t match. Which is much faster than starting from scratch. Once your music is in iCloud, you can stream and store it to any of your devices. Even better, all the music iTunes matches plays back from iCloud at 256-Kbps AAC DRM-free quality — even if your original copy was of lower quality.
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