Originally announced for a late October release, iTunes Match is finally here, a couple of weeks late but no worse for the wear. The service requires iTunes 10.5.1, which went live on Monday and now allows users to “scan and match” their music library against iCloud for only $24.99 per year.
On Wednesday, we reported that a Polish newspaper had spilled the beans on the iTunes Music Store expanding to 10 additional countries in the European Union. As it turns out, Apple flipped the switch on those new stores later the same day, expanding it to all 12 remaining EU countries and also expanding their iBookstore presence internationally.
You’re sitting there and that commercial comes on. You know, the one with the cool indie music in the background. What is that song? Normally, this would be the moment you’d whip out your iPhone and Shazam that -- but wait, your friend pulls out her iPhone and fires up SoundHound. Who gets the song first? And more importantly, who gets it right?
Many of us take for granted the ease with which we buy music via iTunes, but the reality is that Apple’s virtual storefront is only available in less than two dozen countries around the world. That may soon be changing, with a report claiming 10 more European Union countries will soon be added to the mix.
The iPod will be 10 years old this fall, and as more and more users opt for the iPhone or even the iPad as their media player of choice, Apple may be asking themselves: Is it time to drive a stake in the heart of the iPod yet? Here are a handful of reasons why they might, along with just as many for why they won’t.
Online music storage is an area that has exploded in recent months, with Amazon, Google and Apple all becoming major players in the game. But what if you'd rather not deal with a third-party and instead host your own music? What if you could have all the freedom in the world to listen to music when you please, and whereever? We'll show you how to set up your own dedicated iTunes Server that will let you stream your music around your home network, to your iOS devices, and even when you're halfway across the globe, far away from home.
With all of the attention that Apple’s forthcoming iCloud initiative has placed on cloud computing, one wonders how some of the pioneers in the field will react. In the case of Pogoplug makers Cloud Engines Inc., the response appears to be a new, low-cost mobile-centric device for the home that allows streaming to anywhere.
Developers may have noticed a little surprise in their inbox from Apple today. iTunes Match Beta is now available for a test drive. Even better, Apple also notes that beta subscribers will get an additional 3 months free with their $24.99 paid subscription in order to cover the beta plus the 12 months after launch.
It seems like every day we’re reminded about the power we hold in the palm of our hands -- in this case, it’s the iPhone, which has made the leap from being the favorite of fashion photographers to snapping the cover art for singer-songwriter Rachael Yamagata’s latest album.
Apple is planning to dip their sizeable toe into the cloud-based music business this fall with iTunes in the Cloud and iTunes Match, although it’s far from the Spotify killer that many had been expecting. But a curious experiment going on now in the desktop iTunes app could be a sign of things to come.