“Apple this week took the wraps off its anticipated iTunes Match service, the latest Internet-based extension of its popular iTunes media managements software,” Jesse David Hollington reports for iLounge.
“Like the previously-debuted iCloud and iTunes in the Cloud, iTunes Match creates an Internet server-dependent mirror of certain computer content; for an annual fee of $25 (U.S.), users can place a 25,000-song iTunes music library in the cloud and access it from any iOS 5 device, second-generation Apple TV, or Mac/PC running iTunes 10.5.1 or later,” Hollington reports. “The premise behind iTunes Match is relatively simple: after paying the fee and uploading your music to Apple, you get unlimited online access to all of the music in your iTunes library via iCloud, regardless of where that music came from—purchased or free. iTunes Match includes not only access to content purchased from the iTunes Store, but also any music that you’ve acquired from other sources. iTunes Match further differs from the free ‘iTunes in the Cloud’ service in effectively becoming your music library, rather than merely allowing you to go back to the iTunes Store and re-download your prior purchases.”
Hollington reports, “Although the process seems pretty straightforward on the surface, there are some important points to be aware of before you begin.”
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