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Apple Launches iTunes Match Today

Yesterday, Apple released  iTunes 10.5.1 with which you can finally use iTunes Match, the new service from Apple that allows subscribers to store their music on iCloud (not only purchased through iTunes) at a price of 24.99 $ year. But what actually is this service? Let’s find out.

The basic fuction of iTunes Match is collecting data on every song on our computers, they are sent to Apple for further processing. If you found a better version of a song, Apple will replace our copy with the better one. If yours is a better version, then Apple will load the song on iCloud account. From there, you will be able to download and install the songs on any iDevice i.e. iPhone / iPod touch or iPad. Each song is available in 256 Kbps AAC format.

iTunes Match

Here’s what Apple said:

Here’s how it works: songs in your iTunes determines Which 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 That Are not songs, iTunes has to upload only what it can not 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 back from iTunes plays matches at 256-Kbps AAC icloud DRM-free quality – even if your original copy was of lower quality.

Apple charges $24.99 a year for iCloud service, allowing you to store up to 25,000 songs on iCloud servers. However, songs purchased through iTunes will not count toward this limit. Match only works with iTunes songs. In other words, excluding audio books, ringtones, iTunes LP and iTunes Extras.

Where to work:

iTunes Match will work on up to five computers authorized to use your iTunes account, as well as five IOS devices. You will also be able to connect up to two Apple TV.

To begin, PC / MAC:


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To start using iTunes, you must first update iTunes to version 10.5.1. You can do this by selecting iTunes> Check for Updates … from the toolbar of iTunes. You can also download the update on the official Apple website .

Once the 10.5.1 version of iTunes is installed, simply select “Enable iTunes Match” from the Store menu. On this page, select “subscribe for $ 24.99.” Apple will renew automatically unless the subscription will not disable the service manually.

Once purchased, iTunes Match will scan the iTunes library looking for matches. During this period, which may take some time depending on the size of our music library, you can continue to use iTunes. However, to perform the work, of course, iTunes will remain open. If you were to close iTunes, you  will still be able to resume the next time you start the search for matches.

Once iTunes has finished the job match, Apple will automatically replace those songs with those on iCloud. When you add other songs from iTunes, you should occasionally select Store> Upgrade to keep iTunes Match iCloud account updated.

IOS devices:

The activation of iTunes Match on our iPhone or iPad is a quick process. Simply click on Settings> Music> iTunes and activate iTunes Match.

Music Settings

Obviously all of your music will be displayed in its native application on your devices.

The icon of a cloud on the right of each song denotes that the song is available on iCloud. To download a song or an album, simply tap the name of the song. You can listen to songs by streaming, but we expect these to be downloaded on our devices. That way you can delete and re-download songs from the device easily when you want.

The first comments from the States are absolutely in favor of this new feature, according to those who has tried it, works great and is very convenient and useful. Many say that $ 24.99 a year is a very reasonable price for the quality of service offered.

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