Apple this evening flipped a big switch and made iTunes Match available to developers in the form of a beta. iTunes Match is Apple’s forthcoming service that makes your entire music library, even the songs you didn’t buy from iTunes, available on iCloud. The service will cost $24.99/year and will handle up to 25,000 of […]
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Apple Turns On iTunes Match For Developers

itunes_golden_ticket.jpgApple this evening flipped a big switch and made iTunes Match available to developers in the form of a beta. iTunes Match is Apple’s forthcoming service that makes your entire music library, even the songs you didn’t buy from iTunes, available on iCloud. The service will cost $24.99/year and will handle up to 25,000 of your songs.

As for the developer side of this, Apple is advising that they back up their iTunes library and all music added to iCloud, as Apple will be periodically reseting the service during beta testing. Not all features will be available during the beta either.

Apple will be giving beta subscribers an additional 3 months free with when they subscribe for a year at $24.99.

As I’ve said before, Apple is rolling iCloud out very slowly and in parts, in an attempt to avoid a debacle similar to MobileMe. It’ll be interesting to watch when the service is fully deployed sometime within the next month or so.

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