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iTunes Match Beta Now Available for Developers (iTunes Beta 6.1)

iTunes Match was released to developers today in an email from Apple:


In the email, Apple notes that beta subscribers will receive an additional 3 months free with their $24.99 paid subscription to cover the beta plus the standard 12 months after launch.

Apple also advises customers to maintain a local backup of their iTunes library and any music they add to iCloud. "Apple will periodically reset your iCloud library during the beta and it is critical that you backup your music regularly. Some features and optimizations of iTunes Match will not be available during the beta."

iTunes Match will give users the same benefits for their downloaded and ripped music as those purchased from the iTunes Music Store, up to 25,000 songs, for $24.99/year.

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34 months ago
Rating: 10 Positives
34 months ago

99% of my iTunes music is live DJ mixes or radio show rips....this feature is pointless for me.

Well, Apple shouldn't have even bothered with it.
Rating: 8 Positives
34 months ago

Have to give him credit for how well targeted it is!


Just confirmed this is spam, same exact post on TUAW (http://www.tuaw.com/2011/08/29/itunes-match-beta-now-open-to-developers/).


Rating: 6 Positives
34 months ago
So... I'm an artist who has music up on the iTunes store.

From what I can see, if someone signs up for this service, and has one of my albums ripped and bittorrented, he gets to replace the crappy rip with fresh, clean iTMS originals, for free, and I don't get paid? And... somehow, the new version is apparently considered legally owned now?

That doesn't seem quite fair to me.
Rating: 6 Positives
34 months ago

So it won't even allow you to sync 25,000 choice songs?


correct. pain in the a$$
Rating: 5 Positives
34 months ago

You do have to download. iTunes match isn't a streaming service. It's a downloading service.


I just "streamed" a song without downloading it. I had the choice of clicking on the cloud to download it or just hitting play and it streamed.

Now it may have started to download it but it was still streaming before it finished downloading.
Rating: 5 Positives
34 months ago
Omg, it's been forever. I just want the darned iPhone 5 + iOS 5 to be released. Apple better have something big up their sleeve
Rating: 5 Positives
34 months ago

Yes
No


Apple should at least let me download the books I downloaded from Audible. They know I've done so, because Audible is linked to my iTunes.
Rating: 4 Positives
34 months ago
Only available to developers in the US as expected. Hope they don't take too long getting the rights to offer this service in the UK.
Rating: 4 Positives
34 months ago
Hopefully this is enough proof that this can be a streaming service as well,

Rating: 4 Positives

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