Apple officially launches iTunes Match, comes priced (as expected) at $24.99 per year

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We recently saw Apple announce to developers that they were getting ready to delete the iCloud libraries for beta users on November 12th. And well, as we had though, that was in preparation for Apple to officially unveil the iTunes Match service. Needless to say iTunes Match is now live and open for those who wish to sign up. The service comes priced, as we had expected, at $24.99 per year. In terms of the details, similar to the pricing, nothing surprising on this front either. In short, iTunes Match will allow iOS users to have access to all of their music files without any syncing. Basically, if you are an iTunes Match user and are out and about and decide you want to listen to some of your music — you can. And better yet, those files will be delivered as “256-Kbps AAC DRM-free quality — even if your original copy was of lower quality.”

“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.”

Via [Apple]

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