Apart from seeding iOS 5.0.1 firmware for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch to developers, Apple has also seeded the customary update to iTunes. Registered developers can now download iTunes 10.5.1 beta 2 for Windows and Mac from the Developers Portal.
- iTunes 10.5.1 beta 2 includes a number of important stability and performance improvements for iTunes Match, and is a required update for all subscribers to iTunes Match beta.
- iTunes Match is now also available on your Apple TV.
- Your iCloud libraries will be deleted at the end of this beta.
- Backup regularly and do not delete the music you add to iCloud from your computer. Apple
- may periodically delete all iCloud libraries during the beta period. This will require you to scan,
- match, and upload songs again.
On October 11, Apple seeded iTunes 10.5.1 beta 1 to developers with iTunes Match. iTunes Match is another service being offered by Apple under the iCloud banner. iTunes Match will scan all the songs in your local iTunes music library and will automatically add them to the cloud in high quality 256kbps AAC format. This music will be available for your streaming pleasure 24/7. The good thing about iTunes Match is that it matches your song collection with the over 20 million tracks in the iTunes music store library. However, there’s an annual fee of $24.99 associated with iTunes Match.
As of now, Apple has not released iTunes Match to the public. It is still open only to developers in USA. Apple has said that they would be releasing iTunes Match to the public by the end of October but now November has arrived and there is still no sign of iTunes Match for the public. It is expected that iTunes Match will be released alongside iOS 5.0.1 firmware to the public in the coming weeks.
Only registered developers can download iTunes 10.5.1 beta 2 from the Developer Portal. Regardless of the fact that installation files of iTunes 10.5.1 beta 2 for Windows and Mac will be easily available on a plethora of file sharing websites, it is advised that you refrain from pirating Apple software as iTunes beta software is never meant for the public.