What is iTunes Match ?

By  at Tuesday, November 15, 2011  

What is iTunes Match ? Well, recently, the new iTunes 10.5.1 has been released to public as a final version. The most anticipated feature was iTunes Match. We will show you all you need to know about this new feature after the jump.


What is iTunes Match?

Well, To put it in simple words, It's a paid feature costing 24.99$ a year that sorts your iTunes library. It's a very useful feature to those with messy Music Libraries.

How does iTunes Match work?

iTunes Match sorts your music library out in 3 steps. In the first step, It analyzes your Music library, Then matches your songs to those in the iTunes Store, And finally uploads the non-matching content found in your music library.

How much is it / Where is it available?

The current price for iTunes Match for a whole year subscription for 25,000 songs costs 24.99$ yearly. When released, It was only available for the US stores. It still is, But hopefully Apple will make it available to other countries.

Should I get it / Is it worth it for the money?

It is definitely worth the money if you have a large music library that is rather messy than normal. It's not an extremely pricey service. It's a useful service to many people, And I recommend getting it if you have a large library.

Like all Apple things, It comes with limitations.

Pros/Cons for iTunes Match

Pros:
  • iTunes Match automatically syncs your music on your iCloud Storage for online backup.
  • It sorts your Music Library cleanly and fast.
  • It is not a very expensive service, And it lasts a full year.
Cons:
  • All things come with limitations.
  • If you wish to stream, The music file downloads to your iDevice while listening.
  • A limitation of 5 iDevices.
Should I upgrade to the new 10.5.1?

If you have one or more iDevice with iOS 5, And you want to venture out and try the new iTunes Match feature, You should definitely upgrade to the new 10.5.1. Also, It does contain a few bug fixes to enhance your iTunes feeling.

It does not block downgrading, So you can always downgrade if you want to with your SHSH blobs on hand.

What other things come in iTunes 10.5.1?

iTunes 10.5.1 comes with a few bug fixes and the iTunes Match features. No other new features were added. The new iTunes still contains the old features found in iTunes 10.5 like:
  • iTunes in the Cloud
  • WiFi Sync (Already available for Jailbreakers)
  • And other various features.

Download iTunes 10.5.1 for Windows and Mac

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