iTunes Match officially launches today. The service is $24.99 per year, and gives you access to all your tunes on all your devices – even if you didn’t buy them from Apple. For instance, if you ripped your favorite Digital Underground CD onto your computer at home, you can download the iTunes-version of “The Humpty Dance” for free on your iPhone while you’re at the gym and want to get your dance on.
Jams you download on-the-go will be 256Kbps AAC CD-quality, even if the original track on your computer isn’t as good.
If you plan on using iTunes Match you’ll also have to download the newest version of iTunes, iTunes 10.5.1. The update is available now from Apple’s website and through Software Update within iTunes itself.
Once you download the iTunes update, you’ll find Match on the right side of the screen within the iTunes Music Store, highlighted with a blue “New” icon.
I’ve got tons of music on my home computer, but rarely sync huge playlists onto my iPhone or iPad. I personally love the idea of having access to everything wherever I am. More than once I’ve had to hear a song and opted to purchase it from iTunes on the fly rather than wait until I got home to rock out. Do that twice a month for a year, and the service has paid for itself.
What do you think? Is anyone planning on signing up for iTunes Match?
[via Cult of Mac]