Apple has posted an announcement on their News and Announcements for Apple Developers RSS feed asking iOS developers to get apps ready for iCloud backup and restore and the announcement indicates that the long-awaited debut of iOS 5 and iCloud is imminent. Apple is ready to further expand iTunes Match beta testing before iCloud rolls out later this fall and the service you will need to download iTunes 10.5 beta 8, which was recently launched by Apple and pay the yearly subscription fee of $24.99………………..
Apple has quietly opened up the beta for its iTunes Match service to a second batch of developers as the company readies it for launch this fall and initiated the beta for the scan and match music service in late August, closing it to new testers within days. Apple has sent out an email to registered developers notifying them that the company has opened the iTunes Match beta to additional developers in the United States. Apple goes on to note that developers must upgrade to the new iTunes 10.5 beta 8 in order to use iTunes Match and continues to warn that all iCloud libraries will be deleted at the end of the beta testing period, so users should be sure to retain copies of their music libraries. iTunes Match is priced at $24.99 per year and Apple is providing developers who sign up for the service with additional time on their subscription to carry them through the beta testing period and the first full year of public availability.
iTunes Match beta testing has now been expanded to additional developers in the United States.
iTunes Match stores your music library in iCloud and allows you to enjoy your collection from anywhere, any time, on your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, or computer. Any of your songs, including music you’ve imported from CDs, that matches with the 18 million songs in the iTunes Store will become available in iCloud and will play back at iTunes Plus quality (256 Kbps DRM-free AAC) — even if your original was of a lower quality.