Good news for anyone with a serious digital music problem: Apple has raised the upper limit on iTunes Match to 100,000 songs, up from 25,000.
In the olden days, most of the music on music fans' hard drives came from P2P networks and ripped CDs. If Apple's vision of the music cloud proves dominant, the future will resemble that past, perhaps with MP3s downloaded from music blogs replacing CD ripping.
We've known about iTunes Match for a while, but it just went live today. The $25/year music service promises to not only store your iTunes purchases in the cloud, but to back up your non-iTunes tracks as well. So how does it work exactly?
iTunes Match is finally here, although it looks like your months-long wait might be extended a bit. Turns out that due to excessive demand, Apple is temporarily blocking new registrations.
The developer beta of iTunes Match, Apple's new iCloud-based music sharing service, went live tonight and IGM has confirmed that Match will not only support downloading but stream content directly to your Mac or iOS device as well. Here's how it works.
iPhone owners in the UK may need a pat on the back and another ale to make it through this news. According to the UK-based Performing Right Society, Apple's iTunes in the Cloud and iTunes Match service won't launch until 2012.