Friday, November 11, 2011

Apple Prepares Launch of iTunes Match

Apple will launch its highly reviewed and highly anticipated cloud based music service iTunes Match, after having been delayed for reasons unknown. Developers were alerted via email that all current iCloud libraries would be deleted on Saturday.

The launch date for iTunes Match has not been set but Apple executives did say that this final warning to clear developers' online libraries is being done in preparation of the iTunes Match launch.

iTunes Match is a service that allows iTunes users to mirror their iTunes music libraries online in the service iCloud for a small monthly fee. The service was set to Launch at the end of October but was delayed for unkown reasons, which is strange considering how Apple usually never misses their targeted launch date. Apples note to developers is displayed is quotes as follows.

"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.

Please turn off iTunes Match on all of your computers and iOS devices. On your computer, choose Store > Turn off iTunes Match. On your iOS device, tap Settings > Music, then turn off iTunes Match. On your Apple TV, please choose Music > Turn off iTunes Match.

The songs on your computer should not be affected. As always, please backup regularly and do not delete the music you add to iCloud from your computer.

Best regards,

Apple Developer Program Support"

- Sam Victor

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