Nearly one month after it was supposed to arrive to the public, Apple’s iTune Match service remains in developer beta only. However, that could soon change. Apple this weekend released iTunes 10.5 .1Beta 3, which could mean the company is almost done tweaking the service.
First announced by Steve Jobs in June, iTunes Match was supposed to arrive in late October. However, so far, the song matching service has only been available to a select number of developers.
According to Apple’s iTunes beta announcement:
iTunes 10.5.1 beta 3 is now available. This update includes a number of important stability and performance improvements for iTunes Match.
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, computer or Apple TV.
In order to subscribe to iTunes Match, or continue using your existing subscription, please upgrade to iTunes 10.5.1 beta 3. Once upgraded, turn on iTunes Match on each of your computers and iOS devices. On your computer, choose Store > Turn on iTunes Match. On your iOS device, tap Settings > Music, then turn on iTunes Match. On your Apple TV, please turn off iTunes Match under Settings > General > iTunes Store.
The songs on your computer should not be affected. As always, please backup regularly and do not delete the music you add to iCloud from your computer.
Hopefully, this will be the final iTunes Match beta, meaning the service will soon be arriving in the U.S. and elsewhere very soon. We’ll keep you updated.