Apple is gearing up to launch iOS 8.4 on Tuesday with support for Apple Music, but it’s going to make some tweaks in iOS 9 that will improve the iTunes experience when that software launches this fall.
Apple’s senior vice president of Internet Software and Services Eddy Cue recently tweeted that iTunes Match will soon support matching for up to 100,000 songs, a boost from the 25,000 that’s currently offered by the service.
iTunes Match scans your existing library of songs and then allows you to access those songs from the iCloud, anywhere, preventing any need to store the music locally. The allowance doesn’t apply to music that has been purchased from the iTunes Store, so it technically already expands a bit beyond 25,000 if you’ve purchased tracks from Apple directly.
— Eddy Cue (@cue) June 27, 2015
The service costs $24.99 per year and is most valuable to folks with huge libraries of music, as opposed to folks who don’t have large music libraries and otherwise prefer subscription services such as Spotify or, soon, Apple Music.