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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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41 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 Votes
41 months ago
Rating: 7 Votes
41 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 Votes
41 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 Votes
41 months ago

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


correct. pain in the a$$
Rating: 5 Votes
41 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 Votes
41 months ago

How will it sync stuff in the New York subway?

Or in an airplane or cruise ship (unless you pay for wi fi).


You basically asked: How can I use the Internet when I don't have an Internet connection? :rolleyes:


Has anyone noticed yet that it places missing metadata in your library ?

I'm not sure but it sure looks like it does..I don't remember putting all that info in my library.

then again I'm old so who knows.


Since iTunes Match is leveraging the iTunes Store for all its downloading and data collection, a side benefit of extra metadata from the iTunes Store to your library shouldn't be all that surprising.
Rating: 4 Votes
41 months ago

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


It is actually both, right now I am streaming some songs on my MacBook Pro without downloading it. If I want I can download it.

Rating: 4 Votes
41 months ago
Hopefully this is enough proof that this can be a streaming service as well,

Rating: 4 Votes
41 months ago

I'd like to see a subscription service. $10 monthly for as much music as you can consume. That would be awesome.


You mean, like this:
Rating: 3 Votes

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