Apple Launches iTunes 10.5.1 with Support for New iTunes Match

Recently, Apple released its iTunes Match beta to developers. Now, Apple has released iTunes 10.5.1 with full support for its new iTunes Match service. The update is immediately available to all Mac and Windows users through Software Update or via the iTunes download page.

With the release of updated iTunes, Apple has also made an announcement saying that its iTunes Match service is going live as well.

Many users receives a notice suggesting that the service is still in beta, however, the notice will disappear as soon as the user will complete the update. The recently released iTunes Match is a handy service that will enable users to use computer with iTunes Match installed to pair your library with Apple’s music store.

You can instantly download the song, if it is already available on the store. You have a number of different playback options, i.e. other PCs, iPhone, iPod or iPad. The most interesting fact is that your low-quality song will automatically upgraded to a 256Kbps AAC DRM for free.

However, in case your song is not on the store, then it will be uploaded to cloud so that you can playback it from any available device.

You can avail the service for $24.99 per year and enjoy unlimited song storage and playback. However, this will not affect your iCloud storage. It is to be reminded that the iTunes Match is currently available in United States only.

Perhaps, the service is overloaded at this time as many of the users reporting that they are getting an error each time they attempt to start the matching process, while many of them experiencing ‘over capacity’ messages. Hope Apple will resolve these issues soon.

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