Apple has just released iTunes 10.5.2 which improves iTunes Match and fixes audio distortion experienced when importing certain CDs. The update itself is around 102MB in size for Mac customers and 66-68MB in size for Windows customers depending on which flavor you are running.
The download is available via Software Update located in the Apple menu, can also be obtained at Apple’s download page, and the dedicated iTunes page.
iTunes Match was introduced in November alongside the rollout of iTunes 10.5.1, and allows users to “match” their song library they have obtained through other means outside of the iTunes Store, and be granted the benefits of iCloud’s wireless-syncing for $25 a year. With Apple not even waiting a month to roll out improvements to the service, it appears that the company is throwing a tremendous amount of engineering weight behind this initiative.
In other words, I feel that Apple, at least from a functionality standpoint is determined not to make this another “MobileMe” fiasco. As for public reception, that remains to be seen.