Apple has released the iTunes 10.5.1 Beta 2 to developers continue its iTunes Match testing. The iTunes Match service was supposed to be launched by the end of October but from this release we can see that Apple wants to make few sure that its latest web venture becomes a success.
With iTunes 10.5.1 it brings support for iTunes Match for Apple TV as the Beta 1 bought for iOS devices. The iTunes Match service scans the local music library and synchronizes it with the huge library in the cloud.
From Apple ;
iTunes 10.5.1 beta 2 is now available and includes a number of important stability and performance improvements. iTunes Match is also now available for testing on Apple TV.
iTunes Match stores your music library in iCloud and allows you to enjoy your collection from anywhere, any time, on your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, computer and now your Apple TV.
On your Apple TV, choose Music > Turn on iTunes Match.
Please remember to backup regularly and do not delete the music you add to iCloud from your computer.
With today’s update iTunes Match has become available for all iOS devices. iTunes Match service allows iOS device owners to match their local tracks with high quality 256kbps AAC DRM tracks in the cloud library. Apple has more than 20 million songs in its server so in a very rare case you will find you track not present in the Server. In case the song isn’t present you can upload it in your account.
iTunes Match is one of the most promising feature of the iCloud service and it will cost users about $ 24.99 per year.
In order to have iTunes 10.5.1 Beta 2 right now you need to have a developer account as it is a developer seed only. You can get one from the Apple Developer Website at the cost $ 99 per year.
iTunes Match was supposed to be released by October end but as the date has passed and also no official statement by Apple and this Beta release we can say that the Public Release is easily not closer than few weeks.