Apple iTunes Match Service Finally Launched

Apple recently announced their iTunes Match service after a delay of two weeks. The Apple iTunes Match made it to the market along with the iTunes 10.5.1 which also comes with an update to fix a security vulnerability considered to be critical. The vulnerability can allow attackers to force the users to install fake software updates for their Windows and also Mac.

The iTunes Match will cost $24.99 per year. It was introduced for the first time in the month of June by then CEO Steve Jobs and it was scheduled to be made public in October, which for some reason the company wasn't able to do. The beta edition for developers was released in October.

Through iTunes Match users can listen to music that has been either "ripped" from audio CDs or that has been acquired through other means not only on their iDevices but also on Windows PCs, Macs, etc. These sound tracks are uploaded to iCloud platform automatically, reported Computer World.

Users don't need to actually upload their music library as the iTunes Match would automatically scan their existing library and match it against Apple's music store that has millions of tracks. Up to 25,000 tracks not purchased through iTunes may be stored on iCloud. Music purchased through iTunes doesn't count towards the maximum ceiling.