Apple took aim at illegal music downloaders earlier this year at WWDC 2011 by announcing a new service aimed at fighting piracy, named iTunes Match. Developers have now been granted access to the iTunes Match beta, and it has been integrated into the next iTunes 6.1 developer version. Initial reports are that the service is a little buggy, but it is working in the intended fashion despite the minor bugs.
The iTunes Match concept is a fairly straightforward one, operating on the basis of the end user paying a $24.99 yearly fee to gain access to the iTunes Digital Library so that the songs on their computer can be matched against it, essentially making the song “legal”. The yearly fee gives you access to up to 25,000 songs, so even those of you with huge digital music collections will be able to use the service, if you so choose.
Once the service is activated, an iCloud column appears, and the player then defaults to streaming songs that you have previously stored in your personal iCloud. Of course, these songs will only be ones that have been identified as being present on your computer, and fully legal. What are your thoughts on the iTunes Match Service? Would you be interested in using it at the mentioned price?
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