iTunes Match is a go – sync up your entire music collection for $24.99/year
iTunes match was first announced back in June and we made a brief mention about it, along with the iCloud announcement which you can see here. Apple did say a late October announcement, and while they were late on it iTunes 10.5.1 finally brings iTunes Match, a service we think will appeal to a large number of people out there. Basically, for $24.99 per year, it will sync up all your music into iCloud (even ripped tracks from CD’s and fakes as well we’re assuming). If the song is offered by iTunes (and chances are it will be), it will match them up with the iTunes version and let you listen to them right there. Those songs not offered by iTunes will be uploaded into the cloud. The songs matched to iTunes will then be converted to DRM-free 256kbps AAC files. Not a bad choice if you’ve got a whole bunch of ripped and fake tracks with poor quality (they usually aren’t that great).
And $24.99 per year equates to roughly $2.10 per month which frankly isn’t a bad deal. A snag is that you’re limited to only 25,000 songs, but since we don’t even have anywhere near 25,000 songs we don’t foresee this being a problem, and if you do have more than that number you should really be asking yourself why do you need that many songs.