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What’s new in iTunes 10.5.1

15 November 2011 2,131 views 2 Comments

Apple’s highly anticipated iTunes Match service was expected by the end of October. However, the mothership let the deadline slip without comment. Now that it’s finally here, demand spiked and Apple is limiting the number of people it lets in at any one time.

• iTunes 10.5.1, download
— Introducing iTunes Match. Store your entire music library in iCloud, including music you’ve imported from CDs, and enjoy your collection anywhere, anytime, on your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, computer, or Apple TV.
— iTunes 10.5.1 for Windows (64 bit)

Match: Not pay forever music

Here’s how it works: iTunes determines which songs in your collection are available in the iTunes Store. Any music with a match is automatically added to iCloud for you to listen to anytime, on any device … for the few songs that aren’t, iTunes has to upload only what it can’t match … Once your music is in iCloud, you can stream and store it to any of your devices.

And, the music you download from Match is encoded at 256Kbps. Yes, even the 96Kbps tracks you liberated from Napster back in ’99 — get legal, get quality and take it all wherever you go for $25 a year, which is less than Spotify charges for three months.

Different animals, true, but you’ll never own anything they’re selling…

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