Nov 12 2011
Recently, Apple dispatched an e-mail to developers who are testing the beta version of the Match, informing them to back up their libraries on their computers before they are wiped from iCloud servers. It’s not new for the iCloud users to receive such notification from Apple, but the content of the e-mail suggests the service’s debut is not very far.
According to a report by John Paczkowski at All Things D the company said, “As we prepare for the launch of iTunes Match, we will be deleting all current iCloud libraries on Saturday, November 12th at 10 AM PST” .
iTunes Match is the $24.99-a-year service that scans a user’s library to find music which the user may have ripped from a CD but didn’t necessarily purchase from Apple, then it cross-references those tunes with songs in Apple’s very own library. When the service finds a match, it provides users with a license of the track at the same quality they would find if they had bought it off iTunes. It supports up to a maximum of 25,000 songs.
The feature is integrated with Apple’s iCloud platform, which taps into the cloud to do things like transfer files, content, and apps between Apple devices. In this case, matched tracks are effectively licensed to users, letting them download music tracks to a device, even if they bought them elsewhere.Apple said in September that it would launch the service in October, but that did not happen.So hopefully with this mail being sent to the users is proof enough of the launch of this highly anticipated service.