iTunes Match Beta 9 for Developers Released by Apple

iPad maker Apple has dished out the 9th beta version of iTunes Match to developers as it nears the launch of iOS 5 and the iCloud.

Apple had earlier said that iCloud users will be able to access the content they have purchased on iTunes from any device for free, using cloud storage.

iTunes Match, on the other hand, which will be a paid service, will let users access even those songs which have been purchased for elsewhere.

The service, which will charge users $24.99 per year, will scan users’ music collection for music that Apple already has on its servers. The songs which are not on found on its servers will be automatically updated to the cloud for users to access.

Amazon and Google’s services require users to upload their library on their servers on their own, which can be a time consuming process. Apple clearly has scored a point against its rivals on this account.

Apple said in a note to developers that the 9th beta of iTunes Match brings ‘important stability and performance update’ for the platform. The company also advised developers to switch off iTunes Match before starting the update process.

The company also advised developers to back-up their data regularly and informed them that their music libraries will be deleted once the beta ends.