Having downloaded to the latest version of iTunes, we have now had a number of readers asking how come they are unable to use iTunes Match? Well we have a simple explanation, you cannot until you have updated to iTunes 10.5.1. However, you will have to wait until the end of October to be able to enjoy this service, although not for all.
Apple has now made 10.5.1 available to developers with a beta version, so we should learn within a few days of what they think. There will be a number of bug fixes, as well as enabling that new feature, which will go head-to-head with what Amazon and Google has to offer. Going on price alone Apple has already won the battle, well that and how fast iTunes Match is meant to be.
The reason that this caused much confusion was because during WWDC we were told that iTunes Match would appear in 10.5 along with iCloud and iOS 5, which we have to say, is very impressive. However, MacRumors noted that Apple told us last week that there would be a slight delay. The reason for this was because they still had a few issues that needed to be resolved — we can moan all we like, but better to have it late and working.
The service will be launched in the U.S. first, with the UK and other parts of the world following early in 2012. It’s certainly a pain having to wait, but at least the U.S. can put up with all the teething issues — and there are bound to be some. The price for iTunes Match will be $24.99 per year, which is not much when you consider what you get in return.