Apple has now officially launched iTunes Match, the companies new music service which is part of iCloud, iTunes Match cost $24.99 per year, and the service is designed to match all the music from your iTunes library across all your devices, and your music is then streamed from the cloud.
Here’s how it works: iTunes determines which songs in your collection are available in the iTunes Store. Any music with a match is automatically added to iCloud. Since there are more than 20 million songs in the iTunes Store, most of your music is probably already in iCloud. All you have to upload is what iTunes can’t match. Which is much faster than starting from scratch. Once your music is in iCloud, you can stream and store it on any of your devices. Even better, all the music iTunes matches plays back from iCloud at 256-Kbps AAC DRM-free quality — even if your original copy was of lower quality.
You can find out more details about iTunes Match over at Apple, you will need to download the latest version of iTunes, iTunes 10.5.1 to use the service.
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