iTunes Match launch finally getting closer?

Apple is finally getting ready to offer the public its new iTunes Match feature for its various platforms. But before that happens, there's some housecleaning to do on Apple's side of things. Today Boy Genius Report announced that Apple sent a note to developers informing them that "we will be deleting all current iCloud libraries" in the evening on Saturday, November 12 (specifically 10 pm Pacific time). Apple admits in the developer note that this move is indeed in preparation for the launch of iTunes Match.

Apple first announced its plans for iTunes Match back in June which is supposed to allow iTunes users to upload and mirror their music library on Apple's iCloud service. iTunes Match will cost will cost $24.99 a year to access. While Apple had previously announced that iTunes Match would go live by the end of October, just after the launch of iOS 5 and the iPhone 4S, October came and went with no such launch.

Apple might be wanting to get iTunes Match online in time to steal some thunder from Google which is rumored to be making a music download service announcement of its own on Wednesday.

Regardless of the timing, Apple users have been very patient in waiting for iTunes Match to be made available to the public and it sounds like it will indeed be ready for prime time in the very near future.

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I have been using the beta for a week. I will say this about Match. While it allows you to match your music to the cloud, if the music isn't present, you have to upload it and if you upload it and the id3 meta tags are not right, it won't correct them. It is highly suggested that time is taken to ensure you data is correct. I used Rinse at first (carry over from TidySongs) but that isn't an exact science either. To get your music right, there is a good chance that you will have to spend some time on your itunes library straightening out Genres, Album Names, Artists and so on in order to get Match to work at optimum.

When it finds a match in the iTunes store does it give you extras such as video or digital booklets when they're part of the album? Or just the audio tracks?

alexalex said,
US only ?

I have a suspicion one of the reasons for the delay is they were tying up some contracts to include other countries

hagjohn said,
I can hear it now. "I didn't know you were deleting. I lost my entire library."

Providing they're not an idiot and don't delete their local copy, they won't lose anything. That's the whole point of the cloud!