Apple’s awaited iTunes Match service is (technically) now available by updating to the newest version of iTunes (10.5.1). Originally expected to launch in October, iTunes Match allows paying subscribers to access all of their music (up to 25,000 songs) on any of their Apple devices through iCloud. Unfortunately, Apple’s servers appear to already be overloaded with people trying to access the new service, reports Fortune, meaning you’re going to have to wait at least a few hours — maybe even days — before you can sign up for iTunes Match.
In addition to making iTunes libraries accessible across all of a user’s iDevices, iTunes Match, which costs $24.99 per year, will upgrade all tracks to
Rather than upload your library to iCloud, iTunes Match scans your machine to see which tracks you have on your computer. It then give you access to all of those tracks through your iCloud — but only if they are available through the
The iTunes Match release has a number of other stipulations. First, the service is currently only available to customers in the US, due to agreements with the music industry. Second, Apple has slapped the “beta” label on
If you’re one of the lucky ones who was already able to sign up for iTunes Match, let us know what you think of it in the comments. And if you weren’t, let us know what you think of that in the comments, instead.
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