The next version of iTunes — 10.5.1 — drops today, and with it the fabled iTunes Match, which lets you listen to music not purchased via iTunes across any of your devices.
iTunes Match basically works thusly: It scans your music library to find songs that you did not purchase via iTunes (so songs ripped from CDs, free MP3s from music blogs, etc), finds a copy in Apple’s own store, and adds it to iCloud (at iTunes quality) — which you can then access across up to 10 devices. (However, you can only upload 25,000 songs, so if you have more — tough.)
The whole deal costs $24.99 per year and is a part of Apple’s iCloud platform, which uses the cloud to store files, apps, music etc so that users can get to them on any iOS device.
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By Brenna Ehrlich