If you’ve been one of the lucky few to beta test Apple’s upcoming iCloud music matching and distribution service, “iTunes Match,” you’re going to have to go through the whole installation process again come Monday, as Apple is preparing to reset it.
As announced in an email to enrolled users, Apple will be reseting the iTunes Match system on Monday at 9 a.m., similar to what they did with all iCloud data and backups just a few days ago. This will allow Apple to clean up the systems, and give them a last test run before going public to millions of users. This would suggest we’re getting closer to launch.
Of course, this won’t affect most of you, but if you are a registered developer trying iTunes Match, you’ll unfortunately have to go through the entire matching and uploading process again. Here is the email sent by Apple and republished by Cult Of The Mac:
To continue to improve the overall quality and reliability of iTunes Match, it has become necessary to delete all current iCloud libraries.
All iCloud libraries will be deleted on Monday, September 26th at 9AM PDT. To prepare, please turn off iTunes Match on all of your computers and iOS devices. On your computer, choose Store > Turn off iTunes Match. On your iOS device, tap Settings > Music, then turn off iTunes Match
If you’re completely confused as to what iTunes Match is, in a nutshell it’s a new system that will allow you to more easily access all the music you have. This even includes all of the songs you didn’t purchase through iTunes. All of this will work right from Apple’s servers wherever you go, including from your iOS devices.
Here’s how it works: once you pay the $25 yearly fee, iTunes will match all the songs on your computer to Apple’s iTunes store database, and upload to Apple’s servers the ones they don’t have (up to 25,000 songs). It’s a great feature, and it will be made public to everyone in the coming weeks.