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  • Apple's iTunes Match Service Released Along With iTunes 10.5.1


    The much anticipated iTunes Match Service has finally been released alongside a public roll out for iTunes 10.5.1. The updated version of iTunes should appear in Software Update and it is now also available for download from Apple’s site.

    Apple made the following announcement on their iTunes page, which confirmed the availability of iTunes Match (see below). For those of you who don’t already know, iTunes Match syncs your music that is already available on iTunes to iCloud as well as completing data for songs that are not fully optimized for iTunes for an annual fee of $24.99.



    The iTunes Match service has finally arrived after Apple missed their end of October deadline and wiped iTunes Match developer libraries several times. This past weekend, Apple wiped the libraries one last time and rolled out iTunes 10.5.1 beta 3. It looks like beta 3 and this past library wipe helped Apple finalize the release of the service.



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    This article was originally published in forum thread: Apple's iTunes Match Service Released Along With iTunes 10.5.1 started by Akshay Masand View original post
    Comments 43 Comments
    1. zinjen's Avatar
      zinjen -
      What bothers me about this is we cannot download "iTunes Higher Quality Version" to our PC or MAC. This is where it will lose out on additional sales IMO. Also I've heard a lot of folks using the BETA only matching 20-30% of their tracks. What about mix tapes?.. Yikes
    1. TheOrioles33's Avatar
      TheOrioles33 -
      Quote Originally Posted by zinjen View Post
      What bothers me about this is we cannot download "iTunes Higher Quality Version" to our PC or MAC. This is where it will lose out on additional sales IMO. Also I've heard a lot of folks using the BETA only matching 20-30% of their tracks. What about mix tapes?.. Yikes
      Thats my problem. iTunes only matched 2,000 of my 8,000 songs. I saw it uploading music that I know is in the iTunes store. I also dont like the fact that there is no intervention. It just automtically uploads your entire library if it cant find a match. What if I dont want my entire library upload? AND after its finished I see incomplete albums uploaded. So for now I'm not using it until I can figure out whats going on.
    1. z3r01's Avatar
      z3r01 -
      patiently waiting to get out of work to give this a GO
    1. ady199's Avatar
      ady199 -
      Is this just for America or has it gone live in the UK????
    1. Aenima133's Avatar
      Aenima133 -
      Is it really that bad? I'm just nervous about it keeping my tags and everything. I spent a lot of time and effort to get everything exactly like i wanted it, and i don't want this mucking it all up. But then again, even if it does work fine, i don't want to pay $25 for it to only match 20% of my songs either. This seems kinda flawed.
    1. thevmax's Avatar
      thevmax -
      I wouldn't be surprised if they planned all of this. It's another money maker for Apple ... that's for sure! AND I don't want anything to do with it! Oh gee only another $25! HA! HA! FAIL!
    1. mmaboi21's Avatar
      mmaboi21 -
      Quote Originally Posted by ady199 View Post
      is this just for america or has it gone live in the uk????
      usa.
    1. alirz's Avatar
      alirz -
      is it true that enabling itunes match on the iphone/ipod disables itunes music syncing? if so, then what the hell, am i supposed to listen to my music only from the cloud hogging up my data? Plus what about those times when im in the under ground subway and there is no access to the cellular network?
    1. kddo14's Avatar
      kddo14 -
      so does the $25 give me infinite extra space to store my songs that don't exist in the itunes store within? or are the songs that can't be matched with itunes store songs uploaded to my 5gb free icloud account? Because if so I'll end up paying for both the match service and a bunch of extra storage, because i know i certainly have a lot of music that isn't in the store...
    1. Tully Mars's Avatar
      Tully Mars -
      Is there any risk in updating if I'm waiting for a jailbreak for my iphone 4s (5.0) or ipad 2 (5.0)? Wouldn't think so, but just wanted to make sure.
    1. kraziebone's Avatar
      kraziebone -
      Apple has pulled 10.5.1 and doesn't allow new sign ups for now. Guess we will have to wait a little longer
    1. Aenima133's Avatar
      Aenima133 -
      Quote Originally Posted by kddo14 View Post
      so does the $25 give me infinite extra space to store my songs that don't exist in the itunes store within? or are the songs that can't be matched with itunes store songs uploaded to my 5gb free icloud account? Because if so I'll end up paying for both the match service and a bunch of extra storage, because i know i certainly have a lot of music that isn't in the store...
      No. It is not included in that 5GB. That's a separate thing.
    1. GrandMstrBud's Avatar
      GrandMstrBud -
      I'm on 5.0 with an Iphone 4 with sprint and have itunes match enabled and it's not showing up on my phone.
    1. Simon's Avatar
      Simon -
      Quote Originally Posted by kraziebone View Post
      Apple has pulled 10.5.1 and doesn't allow new sign ups for now. Guess we will have to wait a little longer
      I still see it as a download on Apple's site.
    1. TheOrioles33's Avatar
      TheOrioles33 -
      Quote Originally Posted by alirz View Post
      is it true that enabling itunes match on the iphone/ipod disables itunes music syncing? if so, then what the hell, am i supposed to listen to my music only from the cloud hogging up my data? Plus what about those times when im in the under ground subway and there is no access to the cellular network?
      That's another thing I am not fond of. If your using the cloud you can not have music on your device. Doesn't make sense.

      Quote Originally Posted by thevmax View Post
      I wouldn't be surprised if they planned all of this. It's another money maker for Apple ... that's for sure! AND I don't want anything to do with it! Oh gee only another $25! HA! HA! FAIL!
      Fail? The service just started today. Grow up!
    1. BenderRodriguez's Avatar
      BenderRodriguez -
      Quote Originally Posted by z3r01 View Post
      patiently waiting to get out of work to give this a GO
      Quote Originally Posted by ady199 View Post
      Is this just for America or has it gone live in the UK????
      I found it on a website yesterday

      Quote Originally Posted by TheOrioles33 View Post
      That's another thing I am not fond of. If your using the cloud you can not have music on your device. Doesn't make sense.
      Okay wow yes u can still have music on your device otherwise theres no point to the 64gig other than video
    1. GrandMstrBud's Avatar
      GrandMstrBud -
      They should have really tested this a lot more. I matched my home library up and I'm at work and I get 1 song that I never even had and it doesn't even have the iTunes match on my 64bit machine. Plus my iPhone 4 with 5.0 does not pull in the songs either.

      Okay the 64bit version doesn't show because it's still 10.5. Guess I'll have to wait until they release the 64bit version to download
    1. davidkraft86's Avatar
      davidkraft86 -
      Quote Originally Posted by zinjen View Post
      What bothers me about this is we cannot download "iTunes Higher Quality Version" to our PC or MAC. This is where it will lose out on additional sales IMO. Also I've heard a lot of folks using the BETA only matching 20-30% of their tracks. What about mix tapes?.. Yikes
      Actually, you can download the higher quality just by deleting the file from the hard drive after matching and then redownloading it, it still keeps the song in match and will let you redownload the higher quality.

      And as for the capacity question, you can upload up to 20,000 songs. Thought I will warn if you have explicit songs, sometimes it does match to the edited version, at least I had that issue in the beta.
    1. nashlib's Avatar
      nashlib -
      i have been using this for the past 1 month or so - and this is really really awesome - it is like carrying the entire muss library in the palm of my hand - and this is NOT fan boy talk !!!
    1. indyracer05's Avatar
      indyracer05 -
      Quote Originally Posted by zinjen View Post
      What bothers me about this is we cannot download "iTunes Higher Quality Version" to our PC or MAC. This is where it will lose out on additional sales IMO. Also I've heard a lot of folks using the BETA only matching 20-30% of their tracks. What about mix tapes?.. Yikes
      Agreed, most of my songs aren't exactly like the ones in iTunes and I have near 7000... Hopefully their fate will point more towards a service where u can listen to any song and create playlists in the cloud for a yearly fee like most other services now

      And I've spent MANY hours editing and perfecting the correct info and tags on each song, I don't want this service to effect that