U.S. users are eagerly anticipating the launch of Apple’s iTunes Match service, which the company expected to release at the end of October. But with the launch of a second beta update for registered developers, the music matching service shows no signs of going public anytime soon.
A second iTunes 10.5.1 beta is now available to those signed up the Apple’s Developer Program, which is great news to those who had the first beta installed on their machines. The first beta ended earlier this week, leaving those with the software installed unable to open iTunes.
Not only will the new release allow developers to further test the iTunes Match service, but it also provides a number of important stability and performance improvements, and introduces iTunes Match to the Apple TV, according to the release notes:
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.
While the release is good news for developers who can now use iTunes again, it’s not very exciting for those who were expecting the service to launch publicly this week. Another beta means more testing, and an even longer delay. Let’s just hope this is the final beta release before launch.
Have you noticed any other changes in the latest beta? And are you looking forward to the public launch of iTunes Match?